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Public Expenditure

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total of public expenditure cuts made in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively.

Table 14 of Cmnd 7049-I summarises the changes to plans made during 1977—that is, those made since the previously published public expenditure White Paper in January 1977. Changes to plans made between January 1978 and January 1979 are summarised in table 5.9 of Cmnd 7439. For changes from January to October1979 to plans up to and including 1980–81, I refer the hon. Member to the table of changes to expenditure programmes since Cmnd. 7439 a copy of which is available in the library.A comparison of outturn in 1977–78 against the plan for that year and of provisional outturn in 1978–79 against the plan for that year were published, respectively, in Treasury working papers 11 and 13, copies of which are also available in the Library.