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Local Government Expenditure

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if outturn current expenditure for each local authority in England in 1980–81 is now available to his Department; and when these figures will be published.

Outturn current expenditure figures for individual local authorities in England for 1980–81 are not yet available. I have no plans to publish this information for individual local authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the broad components of the expenditure figures, England, given in table 16.33 of the Annual Abstract of Statistics 1981 edition for 1978–79 which are derived from figures provided by his Department, showing how these figures differ from current and capital expenditure as defined for public expenditure purposes.

The components of expenditure by English local authorities in 1978–79 are:

£ million
Capital4,010
Current20,200
These figures are derived from tables 5 and 6 of "Local Government Financial Statistics 1978–1979" and represent the total expenditure, including recharges, of all local government accounts except superannuation and special funds.The differences between these figures and those on the public expenditure survey basis are broadly described in an article in

Economic Trends, February 1980, a copy of which is in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the total, current and capital, expenditure for all local authorities, in total, in England estimated for 1981–1982 in a form consistent with figures given in table 16.33 of the Annual Abstract of Statistics 1981 edition.

This information is not available in the form requested. Individual authorities' revised budget estimates for their volume of current expenditure in 1981–1982 have been placed in the House of Commons Library. They do not return to my Department comparable information on capital expenditure.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if estimated current expenditure for each local authority in England in 1981–1982, revised budget, is now available to his Department; and when and where these figures will be published.

Tables showing estimated current expenditure—at November 1980 prices—in 1981–1982 for each local authority in England, from revised budget returns made to my Department, have been placed in the House of Commons Library, as announced by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment on 28 October—[Vol. 10, c. 863.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the proportion of (a) the gross domestic product and (b) total public expenditure made up by local authority current expenditure in 1970–71, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82.

Following is the available information:

United Kingdom Local Authority Current Expenditure as percentage of:
(a) Gross Domestic Product at factor cost(b) Total General Government Expenditure*
1970–719·422·6
1975–7611·124·4
1976–7710·724·4
1977–7810·324·2
1978–7910·324·2
1979–8010·524·3
†1980–8111·124·3
1981–82n.a.n.a.
* Current and Capital Expenditure net of debt interest.
† Provisional.

Source: Financial Statistics; Monthly Digest of Statistics.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the total gross expenditure of every local authority in England at outturn in 1978–79 and 1979–80.

These figures are not available centrally. My Department's returns do not identify internal recharges separately from other income.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Derby, North of 15 June, Official Report, column 291, he will now publish the current expenditure of local authorities for 1979–80 for which figures have not previously been available.

I shall write to the hon. Member with the additional information now available.