HC Deb 18 January 2001 vol 361 cc304-5W
Paddy Ashdown

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total UK public expenditure was accounted for by expenditure on(a) defence, (b) police, (c) health, (d) education, (e) pensions, (f) unemployment benefits, (g) overseas aid, (h) agriculture, fisheries and food and (i) road building and maintenance in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [144590]

Mr. Andrew Smith

Public expenditure by function is presented in Chapter 4 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2000–01 (CM 4601).

The specific series requested by the question are presented as a percentage of total managed expenditure on services in the following table.

Proportion of total managed expenditure on services spent on specific functions 1999–2000
Function As percentage TME on services
Defence 7.5
Police 3.0
Health 16.0
Education 13.4
Pensions 13.1
Unemployment benefits 7.9
International development assistance 0.7
Agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry 1.6
Roads 1.6
Total 64.9


1. Table 4.5 Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2000–01 (CM 4601).