HC Deb 09 July 1975 vol 895 c207W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the percentage of GNP directed in 1974 to spending on (a) defence, (b) education, and (c) other social services; what percentage the spending on defence was to total public spending; and what are his estimates of the similar percentages for the current year.

Mr. Joel Barnett,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 8th July 1975; Vol. 895, c. 119], gave the following information:

Figures for 1974 corresponding to those given to the hon. Member last December are not yet available.

Estimates for financial years—and with a slightly different coverage—are shown below:

1974–75 (provisional) 1975–76 (estimate)
Per cent. of gross domestic product at factor cost
Defence 5.3 5.5
Education 7.0 7.1
Other social services 14.9 15.5
Per cent. of total public expenditure
Defence 10.3 10.8

Source: Expenditure estimates from Public Expenditure White Paper (Cmnd. 5879), Table 3.2.

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