§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those years since 1974 when general Government consumption has fallen by 1 per cent. or more. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 11 July 1997]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. David Willetts, dated 15 July 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as the Director of the Office for National Statistics to your recent question on general government consumption.General government consumption, at constant prices has fallen by more than one per cent only in one year since 1974. This occurred in 1977.