HC Deb 06 August 1975 vol 897 c220W
Mr. Atkinson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the most convenient table form total public expenditure as a percentage of GDP, showing in index form the wage and salary content relative to the numbers of people employed within such expenditure during each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Joel Barnett

For figures of total expenditure as a percentage of GDP, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Edge) on 28th July 1975.—[Vol. 896, c.344.] The wage and salary content of current expenditure on goods and services by public authorities, excluding trading services, is shown below. Fully comparable employment figures are not available.

Public authorities current expenditure on wages and salaries*
£ million
1965 3,473
1966 3,778
1967 4,084
1968 4,382
1969 4,690
1970 5,391
1971 6,347
1972 7,387
1973 8,349
1974 10,559
* Including employers' contributions to national insurance, superannuation, etc.