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Public Expenditure

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, following the speech in the United States of America on 17th October 1977 in which the Secretary of State for Defence sought to explain the British Government's repeated unilateral defence cuts as being caused by the necessity for defence to bear its share of the cutbacks in public expenditure which events have forced upon the United Kingdom, he will now list in the Official Report the percentage by which in the

PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE BY MAIN PROGRAMME: 1978–79
Main programmeBetween Cmnd 5879 and Cmnd. 6393Between Cmnd 6393 and Cmnd 6721
1. Defence-4·2-4·1
2. Overseas aid and other overseas services-5·8+12·2
3. Agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry-24·2-32·0
4. Trade, industry and employment+30·2-5·9
6. Roads and transport-21·4-4·1
7. Housing-8·3-2·7
8. Other environmental services-10·1-10·4
9. Law, order and protective services-7·1+0·2
10. Education and libraries, science and arts-9·3-1·1
11. Health and personal social services-2·7-1·8
12. Social security+0·4+3·8
13. Other public services+8·7-5·6
14. Common services-6·4-4·2
15. Northern Ireland-3·4-3·0