HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 c215W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the likely reduction in Government expenditure as a proportion of gross domestic product over the next five years.

Mr. Biffen

That depends on decisions to be taken and the longer term performance of the economy. May I remind my hon. Friend that the State takes too much of the nation's income and it must be reduced.