HC Deb 30 April 1975 vol 891 cc169-70W
33. Mr. Golding

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what further representations he has received concerning the conditions of tea and rubber workers in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Deakins

We have received a substantial number of letters commenting on recent television programmes about conditions on tea estates in Sri Lanka. We a table in the Official Report showing indices of public expenditure in Wales and in the United Kingdom and distinguishing between central Government expenditure, expenditure by the nationalised industries, and expenditure by the local authorities for each year since 1960.

Mr. Joel Barnett,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 28th April 1975; Vol. 891, c. 63–4], gave the following information:

Identifiable public expenditure in Wales and in the United Kingdom on a comparable basis, expressed as expenditure per head, is shown in the table below for the years 1968–69 to 1973–74, with analysis by spending authority for the last two years. Information for Wales on a fully comparable basis is not available for earlier years. In considering these figures it should be remembered that comparative levels of expenditure per head are affected by differences in demographic and industrial structure, unemployment levels, and a number of other factors, as well as regional policy measures.

are also studying a report on these conditions prepared by members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union delegation which visited Sri Lanka earlier this month.

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