HC Deb 07 November 1966 vol 735 cc233-4W
Sir C. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total expenditure for national and local government, respectively, for the years 1939, 1945, 1955 and 1965.

Mr. MacDermot

The information is given in the table below. As figures for 1939 and 1945 are not available, those for 1938 and 1946 have been substituted. The figures cover expenditure on goods and services, subsidies and grants, debt interest and net lending to other sectors of the economy. To avoid double counting the central government figures exclude grants and net lending to local authorities and the local authority figures exclude debt interest paid on loans from central government.

£ million
1938 1946 1955 1965
Central government, including National Insurance Funds 994 3,802 4,837 9,345
Local authorities 570 712 1,622 3,989