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Public Expenditure

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Prime Minister if she will publish a table or tables listing the identifiable public expenditure per capita for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales, for each of the last years for which figures are available, giving a separate breakdown for housing, health, education, social services, tourism, transport, roads, industrial support, local government, special employment measures, fire and emergency services, police and prisons.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, South (Mr. MacGregor) to my hon. Friend the Member for Darlington (Mr. Fallon) on 16 December 1986, at columns 488–498. More detailed figures are not readily available. Figures for local authority expenditure

(£ Million)
North East123·0107·0101·1109·791·468·861·646·489·8
North West76·574·1122·2177·5133·1115·5107·483·0113·7
Yorkshire & Humberside30·221·538·747·136·423·526·824·227·2
East Midlands2·32·43·27·28·88·23·84·48·4
West Midlands
South West6·05·08·510·311·07·89·58·614·6
Great Britain Total416·8330·9490·5616·7689·5438·9411·0358·5512·6
1Figures for 1986–87 are provisional.
Provision for expenditure on regional development grants for financial years 1987–88 to 1989–90, as set out in the Supply Estimates for 1987–88 and as incorporated in the public expenditure White Paper for later years, is as follows

1 :

£ millions




Great Britain Total204·0173·7192·3

1 The figures for future years are net of recoveries but gross of European Community receipts. The figures for past years are for gross payments made.

2 Estimates for future expenditure are produced only for England as a whole and are not broken down by region.

The projected fall in expenditure between 1986–87 and 1987–88 is the result of the Government's 1984 decision to replace the old RDG scheme, which supported capital investment without reference to employment, by a new and more cost-effective scheme linked to the creation of jobs.