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Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the total reduction in his Department's budget for 1977–78 compared with forecast expenditure in money and percentage terms.

There has been no reduction. The anticipated expenditure for which my Department is responsible in 1977–78 is, at 1976 survey prices, £76 million, or about 0·4 per cent., higher than that forecast in the Public Expenditure White Paper Cmnd. 6393.