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EU: Budget

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 June (WA 207), whether they took into account the added costs to the United Kingdom of Croatia's membership before agreeing to support that country's accession to the European Union.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government support further enlargement of the European Union (EU) and look forward to welcoming Croatia into the EU once the required criteria have been met.

The latest estimate of the UK's contribution to Croatia's accession over the forecast period (until 2015-16) was provided in the Office for Budget Responsibility's March 2011 Economic and Fiscal Outlook at paragraph 4.119, page 130.

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David Wright
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 12:47 pm (Report this annotation)

The relevant passage says:

"Also the expected accession of Croatia in 2013, which will be included in the forecast after the formal negotiations close in the summer, could cost the UK some minor amounts over this forecast period and up to £0.2 billion per year in the long run."

Why couldn't he have said this in the first place instead of giving us a run-around to find it?
Could it be that it is simply meaningless waffle?