§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the amount by which he plans to reduce expenditure for 1974–75 and in the balance of the current year as a result of the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17th December, indi 452W cating the main areas where such reductions will take place; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rippon
I plan to reduce public expenditure in 1974–75 in the DOE field by about £326 million. The proposed reductions programme by programme are as follows:
£m Nationalised industries' capital expenditure 28 Road and Transport 178 Other environmental services 108 Common services 12
It is too early to say what the consequential changes in the remainder of 1973–74 will be.