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.
|Department||Expenditure on wages and salaries etc. as a percentage of total public expenditure %|
|Ministry of Defence||4·7|
|Department of Education and Science||7·1|
|Scottish Education Department||0·9|
|Department of the Environment||2·7|
|Department of Health and Social Security||6·3|
|Scottish Home and Health Department||0·9|
|Department of Transport||0·5|
|Total wages and salaries and national insurance contributions||29·8|