HC Deb 21 July 1986 vol 102 cc89-90W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the proportion of United Kingdom gross domestic product expended on (a) teachers' pay and (b) nurses' pay, for each year since 1970.

(b) 1985; how many of these were responsible for handling supplementary benefit claims; and what was the percentage change in both cases.

Mr. Major

Brent, East is covered by three of the Department's offices, Cricklewood, Neasden and Harlesden, but their boundaries are not conterminous with the boundary of the constituency.

Comprehensive figures are not available before 1982–83 and information on the number of individuals who claimed supplementary benefit is not available in the form requested.

Information that is available is as follows:

Mr. Hayhoe

I regret that this information is not available for the years prior to 1975–76. For the remaining years the information requested is as follows:

(1) (2)
Nurses' pay percentage of GDP Teachers' pay percentage of GDP
1975–76 1.08 Not available
1976–77 1.07 Not available
1977–78 1.00 Not available
1978–79 0.99 Not available
1979–80 1.01 1.75
1980–81 1.22 1.93
1981–82 1.22 1.95
1982–83 1.21 1.88
1983–84 1.17 1.82
1984–85 1.19 Not yet available


1. Figures in column (1) cover all nurses, excluding agency staff, employed in the hospital and community health services

2. Figures in column (2) cover public sector nursery, primary and secondary education teachers. They include an element of estimation for central government expenditure on teachers' pay in Northern Ireland.

3. All figures include employers' national insurance and superannuation contributions.

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