Mr. W. H. K. Baker
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate for the financial year 1967–68 of the total amount collected in taxation in Scotland and of the total of grants, subsidies and other financial disbursements received in Scotland from the Exchequer.
§ Mr. Diamond
The total amount of taxation excluding Surtax collected in Scotland, which is not, of course, a good measure of the amount borne by residents of Scotland, was about £720 million in 1967–68.
For public expenditure in Scotland, figures for 1967–68 are not yet available. In 1966–67 the amount of grants and subsidies paid by the central Government in Scotland amounted to £575 million out of a total for central Government expenditure in Scotland, so far as it can be separately identified, of £783 million. I ask the hon. Gentleman to note that the latter figure covers only a part of Government expenditure in Scotland and is in no way comparable with the taxation figure.