§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the principle that the maximum level of EEC expenditure will be determined at the beginning of the budgetary year is subject to any qualifications about exceptional circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Brooke
I refer the hon. Member to the Council's conclusions on budgetary discipline of December 1984, a copy of which is available in the Library. Article 2 of the conclusions includes provision for the Council to take account of exceptional circumstances when calculating the financial guideline for agriculture.