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Public Debt

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total of public debt in Northern Ireland for rent, rates, gas and electricity; and by what amount this debt has either increased or decreased since the Government took office:

Figures for March and December 1979 are given below.The rate debts figures are not fully comparable because those for December 1979 do not include any debt arising during the current financial year. This will not be assessed until March 1980.

March 1979December 1979£ million
Rent8·710·6+1·9
Rates3·91·9-2·0
Electricity12·011·8-0·2
Gas3·73·6-0·1
Total28·327·9-0·4