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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her Department’s expenditure as a proportion of the UK’s gross domestic product was in each year since 1997. (301753)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was formed in 2001 from the Department of Social Security (DSS), the Employment Service (ES) and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), and information since the creation of the Department is shown in the following table.

Gross domestic product1 (£ billion)

DWP total expenditure2 (£ billion)

Ratio total: GDP (percentage)

2001-02

1,031.5

107.6

10.4

2002-03

1,092.1

112.1

10.3

2003-04

1,157.4

108.7

9.4

2004-05

1,214.7

118.9

9.8

2005-06

1,270.8

123.6

9.7

2006-07

1,346.2

126.7

9.4

2007-08

1,418.2

133.3

9.4

2008-09

1,434.9

142.7

9.9

Sources:

1 Gross Domestic Product (GDP): provided by Office for National Statistics (published via the HM Treasury website).

2 DWP: Departmental Report 2009 and 2007 and Departmental Benefit Expenditure Tables.