HC Deb 10 November 1977 vol 938 cc185-6W
Mr. Newton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the social wage for 1976–77 in terms comparable with the figures given in a Written Answer, 27th May 1976, Official Report, column 325; and if he will make a statement on how it was composed.

Mr. Joel Barnett:

The social wage in 1976–77 amounted to an estimated £1,460 per member of the United Kingdom working population, made up as follows:

Social Security 441
Education and libraries, science and arts 314
Health and personal social services 281
Housing 195
Other environmental services 104
Law, order and protective services 80
Food and transport subsidies including concessionary fares 45

The figures are all provisional.