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1987-1990 - Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Government Expenditure

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Government Expenditure on 25th January 1989.


Mr. Ralph Howell To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average general Government expenditure in cash terms, real terms, and as a percentage of gross domestic product for each period of five years since 1959.

Mr. Major Figures for general Government expenditure (excluding privatisation proceeds) in cash and real terms and money gross domestic product for 1963–64 to 1991–92, for which five yearly averages can be derived, were given in table 1.1 of the 1988 Autumn Statement. For earlier years, calendar year figures for general Government expenditure, in cash and real terms, and as a percentage of GDP, were published in the article "Long term trends in public expenditure" in the October 1987 edition of Economic Trends.