§ 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.