HC Deb 27 May 1976 vol 912 c325W
Mr. Newton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the social wage for 1975–76 in terms comparable with the figure given in his 1975 Budget speech for the year 1974–75; and if he will make a statement on how it was composed.

Mr. Joel Barnett

On this basis the social wage in 1975–76 amounted to just under £1,300 per member of the working population, made up as follows:

Social security 380
Education, libraries, science and arts 275
Health and personal social services 245
Housing 165
Other environmental services 95
Law, order and protective services 65
Certain subsidies in other programmes* 50
* Food, nationalised industries' price restraint and main transport subsidies.