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PUBLIC SPENDING FIGURES (HANSARD)

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Lords written answers, 15 October ------------------------------------------------------------- Growth in Public Sp...
Lords written answers, 15 October ------------------------------------------------------------- Growth in Public Spending 1978-79 to 1993-94 -------------------------------------------------------------

Lord Lawson requested information showing for each year from 1978-79 to 1993-94, the annual percentage growth for public spending in real terms (defining public spending as general government expenditure excluding the effect of privatisation proceeds).

The Earl of Caithness provided the following figures: Between 1978-79 the percentage change (real terms) was 4.7%; 1979-80, 3.2%; 1980-81, 1.8%; 1981-82, 1.5%; 1982-83, 2.6%; 1983-84, 1.6%; 1984-85, 2.8%; 1985-86, -0.1%; 1986-87, 2.1%; 1987-88, 0.0%; 1988-89, -1.8%; 1989- 90, 2.6%; 1990-91, 0.8%; 1991-92, 2.8%; 1992-93, 5.3%; 1993-4, 4.4%.

Lord Lawson also requested the following information on the average annual percentage growth in public spending, (a) over the eleven-year period from 1983-84 to 1989-90; (b) over the six year period from 1983-84 to 1989-90; and (c) over the four-year period from 1989-90 to 1993-94.

From 1978-79 to 1989-90 the average annual real growth rate was 1.5%; 1983-84 to 1989-90, 0.9%; 1989-90 to 1993-94, 3.3%. (WA col 28).
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