HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 cc319-20W
Mr. J. Enoch Powell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide, in respect of 1982–83, the corresponding information to that which he provided in his written answer of 16 March 1982 to the right hon. Member for Down, South, Official Report, c. 63.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

A press notice issued by the Central Statistical Office on 21 April 1983 showed a provisional public sector borrowing requirement for 1982–83 of £9.2 billion. Analysis of the financing of the PSBR by economic sector and by type of asset are published inFinancial Statistics—table 2.6. Figures for 1982–83 as a whole will not be available until the June 1983 edition. It is likely, however, that the increase in coins and notes in circulation will have been about £1 billion to £1¼ billion over the year, although part of this rise is due to the fact that the end of the financial year coincided with the Easter holiday when the demand for notes was exceptionally high.