§ Mr. Willie W. Hamilton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing, at 1980–81 prices, and using the gross domestic product market price deflator, public expenditure on education and science, housing, law and order and protective services in 1978–79 and in 1985–86, showing the percentage differences in each case.
§ Mr. MacGregor
[pursuant to his reply, 5 March 1987, c. 645]: The figures requested are given in the table:
Function Real terms1 1978–79 £ billion 1985–86 Percentage Change Education and science 13.1 12.9 -2 Housing2 7.0 4.2 -39 Law, order and protective services 3.4 4.6 36 1 Cash figures adjusted to 1980–81 price levels by excluding the effect of general inflation as measured by the GDP deflator at market prices. 2 Gross of receipts. Source: Figures consistent with those underlying Chart. 1.11 in the 1987 public expenditure White Paper (Cm. 56, Volume I).