HC Deb 12 January 1978 vol 941 c790W
Mr. Alexander W. Lyon

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of public expenditure in 1945, or the earliest convenient date, and 1976 provided the social wage in the United Kingdom and each of the OECD countries.

Mr. Joel Barnett

The social wage is defined in terms of the programmes of the Public Expenditure Survey, and such information is available only for financial years and is not available for other countries. However, the social wage comprised 69 per cent. of public expenditure in the United Kingdom in 1976–77 and 61 per cent. in 1969–70, which is the earliest year for which comparable figures are readily available.