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Public Expenditure

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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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:

£ billion
1Central government1Local authorities
2CashRealPer cent. change year on year in real terms2CashRealPer 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.