HC Deb 17 April 1978 vol 948 cc57-8W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if any part of the contents of his recent Budget Statement were released to any section of the media by methods different from previous Budget Statements.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

For several years the Treasury has released copies of the Budget speech in sections in broadcasting studios as each section was completed in the House. This year, in the light of the

and the public sector financial deficit as shares of gross national product and gross domestic product at factor cost and at market prices for fiscal years and for calendar years from 1945 to the latest date for which statistics are available.

Mr. Joel Barnett

The information requested is presented below. Figures for the public sector borrowing requirement and the public sector financial deficit are only available from 1963.

broadcasting of Parliament, the speech was released page by page as each page was completed, following the practice employed for several years in the Gallery of the House of Commons.