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"Public Money"

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish a table in the Official Report giving a more detailed breakdown of the item "Other £2·2 billion" contained in the Chief Secretary's reply to the hon. Member for Havant and Waterloo, Official Report, 28 October, column 348.

The detailed breakdown of the subsidies and grants given in table 2 of the article "Public Money" in issue No. 137 of the Treasury Progress Report is as follows. It includes a further breakdown of the residual category.

£ billion
Social security27·0
Housing subsidies (including rent rebates and allowances, and option mortgages)2·6
Grants to universities etc.1·2
Student grants1·0
Subsidy to British Rail0·8
Overseas aid0·7
Agricultural subsidies0·6
EC contribution0·5
Special employment measures0·5
Redundancy fund, maternity fund benefits0·4
Manpower Services Commission0·4
Interest support costs (exports)0·4
Other transport subsidies0·3
Assistance to the coal industry0·3
Grants to Research Councils0·2
Assistance to shipbuilding industry0·1
Other employment services*0·2
Other industrial support*0·5
Other grants for education and the arts*0·4
Other subsidies and grants*0·6
Total38·6
* None of these four items contain any single provision of more than £0·1 billion.