HC Deb 07 May 1980 vol 984 c132W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the gross domestic product of each European Economic Community country is taken up by public expenditure.

Mr. Biffen

The information which is available on an internationally comparable basis relates to the general Government sector and does not cover public corporations.

The latest information is given below:

General Government expenditure* as a percentage of gross domestic product at market prices
Belgium 46.7
Denmark N/A
France 44.1
Irish Republic 47.4†
Italy 46.0
Luxembourg 51.9
Netherlands 55.8
United Kingdom 44.3
West Germany 44.4
* Expenditure by central and local government combined, excluding capital transfers, loans and expenditure on the acquisition of company securities, for which figures on an internationally comparable basis are not available.

Source: National accounts of OECD countries 1960–77 Volume II.