§ 33. Mr. Alan Clark
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the gross domestic product is taken by public expenditure in each of the fiscal years 1978–79, 1979–80 and projected 1980–81, respectively.
§ Mr. Biffen
Public expenditure expressed as a proportion of gross domestic product at market prices was 42 per cent. in 1978–79. A similar ratio is expected for 1979–80. No estimates for 1980–81 are available.