European Community (United Kingdom Membership)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1980.

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Photo of Mr Bob Cryer Mr Bob Cryer , Keighley 12:00 am, 24th July 1980

Is it not true that our imports from the EEC have been growing at a more rapid rate, and that we have a deficit of between £2·5 billion and £3 billion? Does he not accept that the Venice charade allowed us to have some of our own money back, with the EEC's permission? Does not that mean that there has been a shift away from the United Kingdom Parliament, in relation to the right to raise taxes and to decide on expenditure? Is it not true that the EEC Commission will now decide how the money is to be spent?