§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of (a) United Kingdom and (b) English and Welsh gross domestic product was spent on the Health Service in (i) 1966 and (ii) 1983.
§ Mr. Newton
It is customary to express spending on particular services as a proportion of gross domestic product, measured at market prices. These data are available only on a United Kingdom basis. National Health Service gross spending in 1983 was 5.5 per cent. of GDP; the comparable figure for 1966 was 3.7 per cent.