The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

Chief Secretary (1987-1989)

Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Public Expenditure Allocations – 16 June 1988

Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Public Expenditure Allocations on 16th June 1988.

Ms. Ruddock To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of public expenditure was devoted to (a) housing, (b) education and (c) health in 1979 and in 1987.

Mr. Major The table shows, for the financial years 1979–80 and 1987–88, public expenditure (net of receipts) on housing, education and science and health as a percentage of the public expenditure planning total, excluding privatisation proceeds and, for 1987–88 only, the adjustment made to bring the sum of individual estimated outturns in line with the Treasury’s view of the likely overall outturn.

Department | 1979-80 out-turn (%) | 1987-88 estimated out-turn (%)
Housing | 7.3 | 2.4
Education and Science | 14.0 | 13.8
Health (1) | 12.0 | 13.6

(1) Excludes personal social services.
Source: Table 5.11, The Government’s Expenditure Plans, 1988–89 to 1990–91, Cm 288-I.