HC Deb 27 April 1971 vol 816 c209
3. Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportions of the expenditure of central Government on the welfare services in 1971–72, including health, education, family allowances and pensions, will be borne by contributions from employers, employees and from general taxation; and what were the corresponding figures in 1970–71.

Mr. Maurice Macmillan

In both 1970–71 and 1971–72, contributions from employers and insured persons are each expected to cover rather more than 20 per cent. of the expenditure on those social services which are provided by the central Government. The remainder will be financed by general taxation.

Sir B. Rhys Williams

Is there any logical basis for these figures? Ought not the cash relationship between the individual and the State to be governed by a comprehensible social contract?

Mr. Macmillan

The whole House is aware of my hon. Friend's views, but that is the first time I have heard him use that phrase in connection with them. He has now asked a wider question. These percentages have been round about this level for some time.

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