To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the percentage real-terms increase or decrease in expenditure between 1979–80 outturn and 1993–94 estimated outturn in respect of (a) overall public expenditure, (b) defence, (c) social security, (d) health and (e) education.
The percentage change in real terms between 1979–80 and 1992–93—the latest year for which detailed figures are available—is 23 per cent. for general Government expenditure, excluding privatisation proceeds, 5 per cent. for defence, 63 per cent. for social security, 53 per cent. for health and 27 per cent. for education.