HC Deb 27 February 1948 vol 447 cc373-4W
Mr. Baker White

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, on the basis of the Finance Accounts of the United Kingdom, he will furnish a calculation, similar to that issued by local authorities allocating the rates expenditure to various services, showing how each £1 collected in Income Tax is allocated to various main items of national expenditure.

Sir S. Cripps

It is not possible to specify what services are financed out of the proceeds of Income Tax; for all revenue is paid into the Exchequer and all expenditure is met out of the Consolidated Fund, so that the money spent on any public service cannot be identified as having been raised by any particular form of taxation. But the provision for expenditure in the 1947 Budget can be expressed in terms of each of revenue as follows:

£ s. d.
National Debt Services 3 1
Other Consolidated Fund Services 2
Supply Services
Defence 5 2
Central Government and Finance 1
Foreign and Imperial 4
Home Department, Law and Justice 2
Education and Broadcasting 1 1
Health, Housing, Town Planning, Labour and National Insurance 2 3
Trade, Industry and Transport 1 1
Common Services (Works, Stationery, etc.) 6
Non-effective Charges (Pensions) 7
Exchequer Contributions to Local Revenues 5
Supply, Food and Miscellaneous Services 3 3
Revenue Departments (Excluding Post Office expenditure met from Revenue) 2
Surplus of Revenue over Expenditure 1 7
1 0 0