asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide a breakdown of the rise in real expenditure on social security between 1978–79 and 1986–87 in the same form as the table in the Government's "Expenditure Plans 1987–88 to 1989–90" II, Cm. 56, page 248, paragraph 39.
Over the period 1978–79 to 1986–87 the social security programme increased by £12½ billion (at 1986–87 prices) or by 39 per cent. in real terms. The main reasons for the increase were: