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Government Expenditure

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total Government expenditure for the years 1975 to 1985, inclusive, expressed (a) at current prices, (b) in cost terms and (c) as a percentage of gross domestic product at market prices.

Detailed figures of public expenditure over the period 1974–75 to 1984–85 were given in an article entitled "Measuring Public Expenditure" published in the August 1985 issue of Economic Trends.The figures requested have been extracted from the above named article and are as follows:

YearCash*Real termsPublic expenditure as a percentage of GDPGGE as a percentage of GDP
1979–8077·0112·339·743·4
1980–8192·7113·942·246·0
1981–82104·7117·043·546·3
1982–83113·4118·643·046·7
1983–84120·3120·342·645·8
1984–85129·7124·243·345·8
* Cash figures adjusted for general inflation as measured by the GDP deflator at market prices (1983–84 base year).
As defined for the calculation of public expenditure as a percentage of GDP in the 1985 public expenditure White Paper.
General Government expenditure as defined in the medium term financial strategy (MTFS) and national accounts.