HC Deb 24 July 1987 vol 120 cc567-8W
Sir Anthony Meyer

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent meeting of the European Community Budget Council.

Mr. Brooke

The Budget Council met in Brussels on 23 July. I represented the United Kingdom.

The Council met a delegation from the European Parliament led by Lord Plumb, to hear the Parliament's views on the 1988 budget.

The Council then discussed the Commission's preliminary draft budget proposals for 1988. I made clear that any draft budget established must respect the own resources ceiling. The Council adjourned without reaching any decision on the 1988 budget, and agreed to resume its discussions in September.