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UK Membership of EU

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Conservative, Reading East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the (a) gross cost to the public purse and (b) net cost to the UK economy of the UK's membership of the EU in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

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The Treasury has reviewed a wide range of studies by external commentators that attempt to assess the economic costs and benefits of EU membership. These reviews are regularly updated by the Treasury to ensure that it is providing Parliament and the public with up-to-date information.

The most recent updates, along with a previous literature review from 2005, were published on the Treasury's website on 1 December 2010 following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Projections for UK's gross and net contributions to the EU budget are provided by the Office for Budget Responsibility in its Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The latest publication (March 2011) is available online at:

The table including all transactions with EU institutions is table 2.16 of the supplementary economy tables (also available online).

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