asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the increase in central Government spending in each year since 1979, expressed in cash and in real terms; and what are the comparable figures for local government, giving in both cases the percentage annual increases.
The figures requested are given below:
|1Central government||1Local authorities|
|2Cash||Real||Per cent. change year on year in real terms||2Cash||Real||Per cent. change year on year in real terms|
|1 The figures exclude finance for nationalised industries and other public corporations.|
|2 Cash figures adjusted for general inflation as measured by the GDP deflator at market prices—base year 1985–86.|
Source: The figures are consistent with the 1987 public expenditure White Paper as updated by the 1987 Financial Statement and Budget Report.