HL Deb 25 July 1967 vol 285 c876WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they can give for the past five years the percentage of the total National Budget spent upon—

  1. (a) Social Services;
  2. (b) The Armed Forces.


The following figures show expenditure by the Central Government on military defence, and by the Central Government and local authorities on social services, as percentages of total public expenditure:—

Military defence Social services
per cent.
1962 16.6 36.7
1963 16.2 38.4
1964 15.6 37.9
1965 14.9 38.9
1966 14.6 39.2


The figures cover both current and capital expenditure. Military defence and social services are as defined in Table 53 of the Blue Book, National Income and Expenditure, 1966.

Public expenditure is as defined in Table 52 of that publication, i.e. it includes the current and capital expenditure of Central Government and local authorities and the capital expenditure of public corporations.

House adjourned at nineteen minutes before midnight.