HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc474-5W
Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the total United Kingdom indebtedness as at 30th June 1977, broken down into internal and external borrowings.

Mr. Denzil Davies

The nominal value of total United Kingdom public sector debt held outside the public sector was £73,983 million at 31st March 1976, the latest date for which complete information is available. Of this, £62,837 million was held domestically and £11,146 million overseas. These figures can be updated only approximately to 31st March 1977, using figures of subsequent borrowing, by the public sector. The estimated total at that date was £84,880 million, of which £71,355 million was held domestically and £13,525 million overseas. An article describing the nature of these statistics was published in the May 1977 issue of Economic Trends.