HC Deb 26 October 1983 vol 47 c115W
47. Mr. Watts

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by how much metropolitan counties' spending has risen between 1979–80 and 1982–83; and how this compares with the rise in prices.

Mr. Waldegrave

The latest estimates that I have suggest that the metropolitan counties net current expenditure rose by 61 per cent. between 1979–80 and 1982–83. Over the same period, general prices in the economy, as measured by the GDP deflator, increased by 40 per cent.

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