European Union: Budget

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Spokespersons In the Lords, Treasury, Spokespersons In the Lords, Work & Pensions & Welfare Reform 2:55 pm, 14th June 2005

My Lords, whether or not we are talking about a rebate or a corrective mechanism, the Minister will be aware that Commissioner Mandelson has said that it is wrong for the UK to expect poorer countries to pay for any amount, thereby saying that the UK should give up around £300 million of its rebate. Does the Minister agree that Commissioner Mandelson was wrong to get involved in that way?