§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Minister for Trade if he will list, on an annual basis, all cuts in public expenditure in excess of £5 million, which he has made since May 1979 at both current and 1982 prices, indicating in each case the size of the cut as a percentage of the departmental budget for that year.
§ Mr. Brittan
I have been asked to reply.
I refer the hon. Member to the relevant Public Expenditure White Papers (Cmnd. 7746, 7841, 8175 and 8494) and to the Autumn Statement laid before the House on 8 November last. I regret that a comprehensive analysis in the form requested could be provided only with a disproportionate expenditure of time and effort.