HC Deb 23 February 1984 vol 54 c627W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by how much the number of all local government officials has risen or fallen since 1979; and by how much, taking into account inflation, aggregate local government spending has risen in money and percentage terms.

Mr. Chris Patten

[pursuant to his reply, 9 February 1984, c. 723]: In Northern Ireland the number increased by 768–9.5 per cent.—between April 1979 and April 1983; aggregate outturn expenditure by district councils in 1982–83 was £15.4 million—18.1 per cent.—above that in 1978–79, both figures expressed at 1982–83 prices using the gross domestic product deflator which measures the general rate of inflation in the economy.