§ Mr. Latham
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement on the outcome of the Budget Council held on 26 January.
§ Mr. Ridley
The Budget Council met on 26 January in Brussels to continue the discussion of the Commission's proposals for a 1983 supplementary and amending budget, started in the Foreign Affairs Council on 24–25 January and reported to the House on 26 January—[c.470.] I represented the United Kingdom.
The Council met a delegation from the European Parliament led by Mr. Dankert. The preliminary draft was then examined in detail. The Council asked the President 534W of the Council to clarify certain points with the European Parliament's budgets committee, which met yesterday. A further Budget Council may be held next week to establish a draft budget.