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Expenditure

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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28.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the current estimate of underspend for 1987–88.

72.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the expected outturn for 1987–88.

The latest estimated outturn for the planning total in 1987–88 is £147·3 billion as set out in the 1988 public expenditure White Paper.

88.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the percentage increase in spending on (a) hospital and (b) all central Government services between 1988–89 and 1989–90.

Health figures for the United Kingdom are shown in table 2.7 of volume I of the 1988 public expenditure White Paper. The table shows increases between 1988–89 and 1989–90 of about 4½ per cent. for hospital and community health services and about 5 per cent. for the National Health Service as a whole. The overall increase in central Government spending between 1988–89 and 1989–90 is planned to be about 5¼ per cent.

89.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to increase planned expenditure on (a) the National Health Service and (b) all Government expenditure in the years 1988–89 to 1990–91.

The Government have announced increases in public spending in total and on the National Health Service. The latest plans are set out in "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1988–89 to 1990–91" (Cm. 288). These plans will be reviewed in the normal way in the annual public expenditure survey.

90.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in relation to his recently published expenditure plans for (a) education spending and (b) Government expenditure generally.

The White Paper plans, and the increased provision they include for education, have been widely welcomed.