EC Budget

Treasury written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Conservative, North Essex

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross cash contribution from the UK to the EU (a) was in each year since 1997 and (b) is expected to be in each year to the end of the 2007 Budget period; what the gross cash receipts from the EU to the UK (i) were and (ii) are expected to be in each year; what the net cash contribution to the EU from the UK (A) was and (B) is expected to be in each year; what the main elements making up the (1) gross contribution and (2) gross receipts (x) were and (y) are expected to be in each year; and what the main factors affecting changes from year to year (aa) were and (bb) are expected to be in each case.

Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The UK gross contribution to the EU budget, receipts, net contribution and the elements thereof for 2000-06, as well as the factors affecting the variations from one year to the next can be found in chapter 3 and the tables on pages 42 and 43 the EC Finances White Paper "Statement on the 2006 EC Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial management" (Cm 6670). The period 1997-99 is covered by the 2003 edition of the EC Finances White Paper (Cm 5800). The 2007 edition of the White Paper, which will cover the years 2001 to 2007, will be published later this year.

A more recent forecast for UK net contributions to the EC budget in the years 2005-06 to 2007-08 can be found in the footnote to table C11 of the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget Report (HC 342). 2007-08 is the final year of the current public expenditure planning cycle and revised forecasts for the later years will be included in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.

For estimated gross and net contributions to the EC budget and receipts over the next Financial Perspective I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply to Michael Gove, 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 399W.

The main factor affecting the changes in both contributions and receipts in the 2007-13 Financial Perspective with respect to earlier years is the accession of 10 new member states in 2004 and of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007.

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