HC Deb 24 April 1990 vol 171 c133W
Mr. Butterfill

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the budget surplus or deficit for each of the European Community countries, the United States of America and Japan for each of the last three years, on a comparable basis; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ryder

Following is the data requested for the United Kingdom:

United Kingdom general government financial balance deficit (−) or surplus (+)
Per cent, of GDP
1987 −1.2
1988 +1.1
1989 +1.3

Source: CSO.

General government financial balances as a share of GDP for the United States, Japan and the other EC countries are published by the OECD in "Economic Outlook" December 1989.