HC Deb 12 March 1984 vol 56 c56W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the cost of all forms of state support, including subsidies, grants and write-offs for the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Peter Rees

Expenditure on all forms of state support (central Government and local authorities) in 1982 was:

£ million
Subsidies 5,456
Current grants to persons 36,249
Capital grants 2,874
Debt write-offs 1,081
Total 45,660

Source: Financial Statistics and National Income and Expenditure, 1983 edition.

Of the current grants to persons, £18,671 million were national insurance benefits which were offset by contributions of £16,042 million.