HC Deb 14 June 1968 vol 766 cc72-3W
Dr. David Owen

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what is the average percentage rise in public expenditure estimated for the period of the National Plan;

(2) what estimate he has made of the annual rise in public expenditure for the period of the National Plan in percentage terms; what is the breakdown for defence, education, housing, health and social security benefits; and how these figures compare with those envisaged in the National Plan.

Mr. Diamond

Excluding S.E.T. additional payments, R.E.P. and invest- ment giants, which did not form part of public expenditure in 1964–65, the average annual increase in public expenditure from 1964–65 to 1969–70, at constant prices, is estimated to be 4.3 per cent, on the same basis as was used for the Plan estimates.

A functional analysis of the Plan estimates giving the detail requested was published in Table 18.1 of the National Plan (Cmnd. 2764), and the same analysis of the public expenditure estimates published with Command Paper No. 3515 was given in reply to the hon. Member for Belfast, North (Mr. Stratton Mills) on Tuesday, 30th January, 1968. Vol. 757, c. 269–70.]