HC Deb 25 April 1975 vol 890 c406W
Mr. Wyn Roberts

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the social wage amounts to currently per adult in the United Kingdom; how it is composed; and if he will give comparable figures for 1970, 1965, 1960 and 1950, respectively.

Mr. Joel Barnett

The most recent estimate of the social wage, which refers to the year 1974–75, is that quoted in the Budget speech, of about £1,000 per member of the working population. Its composition was set out in the answer given to the hon. Member for Dorking (Sir G. Sinclair) on 22nd April—[Vol. 890, c.254.]—Comparable figures for 1970–71 are shown below; estimates for earlier years are not readily available.

Social security 150
Education, libraries science and arts 110
Health and personal social services 90
Housing 50
Other environmental services 35
Law, order and other protective services 25
Certain subsidies in other programmes* 5
* Food, nationalised industries' price restraint. and the main transport subsidies.

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