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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for each Department for 1978–79, what was the proportion of public expenditure taken up by (a) wages, (b) salaries, (c) pensions and (d) national insurance contributions; and what were the comparable figures for 1968–69.

The following table provides, for major Government Departments, expenditure on wages and salaries and employers' national insurance contributions and, separately, civil superannuation in 1978–79 as a percentage of total public expenditure in that year excluding debt interest and as defined in Command 7746. Wages and salaries etc. have been defined as including those of local authorities, Armed Forces and the National Health Service and attributed to the relevant sponsor Department.

DepartmentExpenditure on wages and salaries etc. as a percentage of total public expenditure %
Ministry of Defence4·7
Department of Education and Science7·1
Scottish Education Department0·9
Department of the Environment2·7
Department of Health and Social Security6·3
Home Office2·3
Scottish Home and Health Department0·9
Inland Revenue0·5
Department of Transport0·5
Welsh Office1·0
Other departments2·9
Total wages and salaries and national insurance contributions29·8
Civil superannuation0·6
Grand total30·4
I regret that it is not possible to provide a similar breakdown for 1968–69. Expenditure on wages and salaries, employers' national insurance contributions and civil superannuation in that year was 29.2 per cent. of total public expenditure excluding debt interest and as defined in Command 5519. The figures may not be strictly comparable due to changes in definition between the two White Papers.