European Communities (Finance) Bill

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:26 pm on 19th November 2007.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 4:26 pm, 19th November 2007

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

We have a rare treat today—a Treasury double-header, as Sky Sports might say. The Bill implements the decisions agreed at the December 2005 European Council under the UK presidency and gives effect to the new own resources decision for the financial perspective from 2007 to 2013. That agreement was in our long-term national interest. It is good for Britain and good for Europe, and today I shall explain why. It is good for Britain because it not only preserves our rebate but will see it rise in value during the next six years. It is good for Europe because it provides investment to help the emerging economies of eastern Europe prosper, which in turn and in time will benefit our own economy, as have all previous EU enlargements. The Bill will help to pay for European enlargement.