HC Deb 24 May 1979 vol 967 c196W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish the actual or estimated increases proposed in Government expenditure since 3 May, together with reductions; and what are the anticipated net results of these expenditures.

Mr. Biffen

Two changes in public expenditure have been announced. The Armed Forces' pay award is estimated to increase expenditure by £269 million in 1979–80 and the police pay award by £50 million. This expenditure is intended to strengthen the manpower of the Services concerned.

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