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Public Expenditure Programmes

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the percentage of gross domestic product that was spent on each of the 17 programmes of public expenditure for 1978–79 and for 1984–85.

The figures are as follows:

1978–79*1984–85
Defence4·35·2
Overseas aid and other overseas services1·00·9
Agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry0·50·6
Industry, energy, trade and employment2·32·5
Arts and libraries0·20·2
Transport1·61·4
Housing†2·11·0
Other environmental services1·31·2
Law, order and protective services1·21·6
Education and Science4·54·2

1978–79

*

1984–85

Health and personal social services4·34·8
Social security9·511·6
Other public services0·60·5
Common services0·50·3
Scotland2·22·2
Wales0·90·8
Northern Ireland1·31·3

* Based on estimated outturn published in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1985–86.

† Net of receipts (eg from sales of council houses).

The gross domestic product excludes grants and loans which are included in the above public expenditure programmes.