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Education And Health (Expenditure)

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which items of expenditure incurred by the education and library boards and health and welfare boards are chiefly responsible for the increases which have taken place since 1975–76; and what is the size of the increases in respect of each item.

Education and Library Boards.—Net recurrent payments in 1976–77 amounted to £88·1 million, which was an increase of

Some 19 per cent. on the 1975–76 total of £74 million. This increase occurred principally on the following service:


Increase (£m)

Primary schools1·6
Secondary Intermediate schools2·3
Grammer school education1·3
Milk and meals2·3
University scholarships1·3
Further education1·3
Library services1·0
Headquarters administration1·0

Health and Social Services Boards.—The net revenue expenditure for 1976–77 was £2137 million which was an increase of 18·6 per cent. over the 1975–76 expenditure of £180·1 million. The main areas where the increases have taken place are:

Increase (£m)

Hospital and specialist services20·3
Pharmaceutical services4·2
Community care services4·7

These increases account for £29·3 million of the total increase of £33·5 million.