§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in light of the paper produced on 22 May by the Vice President of the European Economic Community Commission, it remains the position of Her Majesty's Government that they are permitted to deduct their abatements or revised abatements from the United Kingdom's contributions to the European Economic Community; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Brooke
The paper produced by Vice-President Christophersen on 22 May (the 1986 Preliminary draft supplementary and amending budget) has no effect on the United Kingdom's right to continue to deduct the 1400 mecu abatement already contained in the 1986 budget. It simply proposes to increase the abatement provision by 500 mecu to 1900 mecu.