§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what was the total public expenditure on housing in the United Kingdom as a proportion of the gross domestic product in each year from 1976 to the latest year from which figures are available;
(2) what was the total private expenditure on housing in the United Kingdom as a proportion of the gross domestic product in each year from 1976 to the latest year for which figures are available.371W
§ Sir George Young
[pursuant to his answer, 13 May 1986, c. 428]: Total public expenditure and total private expenditure on housing in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1984 are shown in the table as percentages of gross domestic product at factor cost. Private expenditure is net of public grants, loans, subsidies (including housing benefit) and tax relief, and includes purchases of houses from public authorities. Public expenditure includes capital formation, grants, loans, and housing benefit; capital formation is shown gross before deducting house sales. The sum of the percentages in any one year does not exactly equal the percentage of total expenditure on housing, public and private, because: (i) expenditure on purchase of houses from public authorities is included in private expenditure but not netted against public expenditure; and (ii) private expenditure is net of tax relief, but tax relief is not treated as being part of public expenditure.
Private expenditure on housing as percentage of gross domestic product Public expenditure on housing as percentage of gross domestic product 1976 7.3 3.9 1977 6.9 3.6 1978 6.7 3.4 1979 7.5 3.5 1980 8.1 3.5 1981 8.9 2.6 1982 9.5 2.5 * 1983 9.0 2.8 1984 9.5 2.8 * Discontinuity between 1982 and 1983 is due to introduction of housing benefit and consequent exclusion of rent from supplementary benefit paid by tenants.