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Government Expenditure

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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15.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest forecast for the share of gross domestic product to be taken by general Government expenditure.

The forecast for the ratio of general Government expenditure (excluding privatisation proceeds) to gross domestic product in 1990–91 published in the 1990 Financial Statement and Budget Report is 39 per cent.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate of total Government expenditure was for 1990–91 (a) at the time of his Autumn Statement of 1989 and (b) at the time of his Budget; and what is the current estimate.

The projection of general government expenditure for 1990–91, set out in the 1989 Autumn Statement was £210.4 billion, and in the 1990 Financial Statement and Budget Report, £212.7 billion. A further estimate will be published in the 1990 Autumn Statement.