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(Except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92) - Clause 56

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Treasury) 11:15 am, 16th June 2009

The Conservatives are obsessed by symbolism, with regard to the EU, and I am interested in practicalities. I apologise for having a less romantic  view of politics than the hon. Gentleman does. I observe that the EU is funded through contributions made by member states, and the question whether MEPs are paid directly by that money raised in the UK, or through the mechanism after the money has gone to the EU, I suspect, will not have as big a bearing on their deliberations as some members of the Conservative party fear.

Mr. Stuartrose—