HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 c417W
Mr. Nott

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the estimates of debt interest given in Command Paper No. 6393 Chapter 17 are derived from a direct projection of the scale of Government borrowing over the years up to 1979, and other relevant assumptions, or whether they are projected by other methods which do not imply a specific path for such borrowing.

Mr. Joel Barnett

The estimates shown in Chapter 17 of Cmnd. 6393 take account of all the factors influencing debt interest which are referred to in the text; the method of estimation involves calculations using specific assumptions about each.