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Volume 912: debated on Thursday 10 June 1976

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the public spending per head in Wales from 1969–70 to 1974–75, taking 100 as the index for all Great Britain, on: (a) agriculture, fisheries and forestry, (b) trade, industry and employment, (c) nationalised industries (capital expenditure), (d) road transport, (e) housing, (f) other environmental services, (g) law and order, (h) education, libraries, science and arts, (i) health and personal social services, and (j) social security.

Geographical comparisons of public expenditure can be misleading because of the difficulties of definition involved. The figures below are derived from material previously published in the Official Report, and relate only to those expenditure clearly identified from official records as made in Wales. The analyses exclude a number of important elements of direct benefit to Wales (for example, most subsidies to the nationalised industries, agricultural price guarantees and capital spending by the British Steel Corporation). These omissions, and the variant patterns of need and structure as between Wales and Great Britain imply that the figures must be interpreted with due regard to their deficiences. Comparable figures for Great Britain are only available for the years 1973–74 and 1974–75; consequently indices for earlier years cannot be calculated.

(Great Britain average = 100)
Agriculture, fisheries and forestry155130
Trade, industry and employment136152
Nationalised industries' capital expenditure (excluding steel)7563
Roads and transport113102
Other environmental services124109
Law and order8279
Education, libraries, science and arts103101
Health and personal social services100100
Social security114119