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Public Expenditure

Volume 884: debated on Monday 13 January 1975

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will list, for each Department of State, the amount by which that Department has been permitted by him to restore some of the public expenditure cuts originally required in December 1973; what was the original required cut from each Department; and, assuming a constant price basis, what percentage restoration he has permitted in each case.

Only in the case of Post Office telecommunications investment has one of the cuts announced in December 1973 been restored. An announcement was made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry on 1st July 1974.—[Vol. 875, c. 18.] The original cut was £142 million*—20 per cent.—of which £28 million* was restored by this Government. The forthcoming Public Expenditure White Paper will contain details of the Government's expenditure plans for the period up to 1978–79.

* At the price basis to be used in the forthcoming White Paper.