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Public Expenditure

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the total volume of expenditure allocated to local authorities, the health authorities, the Housing Executive and all other recipients of public expenditure in Ulster in 1984–85.

The allocation of public funds in 1984–85 to bodies whose expenditure is not classified as central Government expenditure are shown below. Information about allocations to a wide range of other bodies funded directly by Northern Ireland Departments, whose expenditure is classified as central Government expenditure, can be found in the 1984–85 Estimates for Services under the Government of Northern Ireland.

£000
Education and library boards206,433
Grants to district councils17,144
Northern Ireland Housing Executive299,100
Northern Ireland Electricity Service82,905
Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company20,518
Northern Ireland public trust ports637
Police Authority for Northern Ireland254,452
Fire Authority for Northern Ireland16,805

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the level of central Government expenditure in Ulster for each of the years 1970 to 1984.

The following figures show the total outturn of public expenditure for the years 1976–77 to to regional support in Great Britain are the standard capital grants scheme, administered by the Department of Economic Development, and the selective financial assistance provided by the Industrial Development Board or— in the case of smaller companies—by the local enterprise development unit. Gross expenditure on these elements, and on employment and training measures, since 1970, are as follows. Records are not kept of expenditure by county.1983–84 for those services which are the direct responsibility either of the Northern Ireland Office or of Northern Ireland Departments. These figures are as far as possible on a consistent basis in terms of the services covered, and reflect the definitions of public expenditure contained in the 1984 Public Expenditure White Paper (Cmnd. 9143). Figures for earlier years could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

£ million cash
1976–771,300
1977–781,429
1978–791,713
1979–802,021
1980–812,342
1981–822,638
1982–832,832
1983–843,043