Dáil Éireann - Volume 319 - 20 March, 1980
Written Answers. - EEC Payments.
Mr. L'Estrange Mr. L'Estrange
166. Mr. L'Estrange asked the Minister for Finance the total payment made to the European Community in each year from 1973 to date, the total amount received from the Community  under each of the different headings for the same period and the benefit to Ireland in each year.
Minister for Finance (Mr. O'Kennedy) Michael O'Kennedy
Minister for Finance (Mr. O'Kennedy): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the attached statement.
The figures included for receipts by way of grants and subsidies represent the amounts of money actually received under the various headings during the years in question. They differ from the figures published in Annex II to the six-monthly Reports to the Oireachtas on Developments in the European Communities which represent the amounts of grants and subsidies approved. This is because there is normally a time-lag between the approval of grants and the date of their payment, with the result that receipts from the Community to date have been less than the amount of grants approved.
Following is the statement:
1. Payments to European Communities and other contributions arising as a result of membership.
2. Receipts by way of grants and subsidies.
1 Receipts under the Guarantee Section include amounts of £24 million in 1976, £128 million in 1977, £140 million in 1978 and £78 million in 1979 for the UK and Italian MCA import subsidies which have been administered by Ireland in respect of Irish exports to the UK and Italy since 17 May 1976.
2 In addition to the receipts shown in the above table, receipts also arise as a result of Community regulations on social security for migrant workers. Ireland's receipts under this heading were £1.5 million in 1973, £1.3 million in 1974, £2.0 million in 1975, £2.2 million in 1976, £3.3 million in 1977, £4.7 million in 1978 and £7.0 million in 1979.
3. Net benefit to Ireland of financial transfers through the Community budget.
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