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Public Expenditure

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the average public expenditure per capita paid for out of national taxation for each citizen of (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Northern Ireland.

Public expenditure is financed from a number of sources including taxation, national insurance contributions, borrowing, interest and dividend receipts and local authorities' revenue collection. There is, generally, no direct linkage between specific areas of expenditure and sources of revenue. Consequently, information is not available in the form requested.Information on per capita general Government expenditure in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, financed from all sources including local authority revenue collection, was given in the reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Wrye Forest (Mr. Coombs) on 19 December 1989,

Official Report, columns 179–90.