Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Government Expenditure.

44.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state, with reference to the main heads of Government expenditure, the percentage share of each item in Government current expenditure from 1956-57 to date, on the lines of Table II of the tables given with his Financial Statement on 23rd April, 1968.

As the reply to this question is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to have it circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

MAIN HEADS OF CURRENT GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE

AS PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL

1957-58

1958-59

1959-60

1960-61

1961-62

1962-63

1963-64

1964-65

1965-66

1966-67

1967-68

1968-69(Estimated)

Service of Public Debt

17.8

19.6

20.0

20.3

20.4

20.4

20.5

19.3

19.8

20.9

20.8

22.2

Social Services

36.3

37.2

37.7

36.1

34.1

34.0

33.9

33.8

33.9

34.4

33.5

33.6

Social Welfare

19.8

20.1

19.8

18.7

16.9

16.5

16.6

15.7

15.6

15.9

14.7

14.4

Education

10.2

10.7

11.4

11.1

10.9

11.1

11.0

11.7

11.9

11.5

11.6

12.2

Health

6.3

6.4

6.5

6.3

6.3

6.4

6.3

6.4

6.4

7.0

7.2

7.0

Economic Services

18.6

18.0

15.8

17.8

20.1

20.8

21.0

21.5

22.2

22.1

24.6

23.7

Agriculture

10.7

10.6

7.9

10.1

12.4

13.2

12.9

13.5

14.4

15.1

17.5

16.5

Industry

1.2

1.3

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.2

1.6

1.6

1.9

1.7

2.1

2.3

Transport

6.1

5.5

5.8

5.9

5.8

5.6

5.7

5.5

5.0

4.5

4.3

4.1

Forestry and Fisheries

.6

.6

.7

.7

.8

.8

.8

.9

.9

.8

.7

.8

General Services

17.6

18.6

19.4

18.8

18.4

18.2

17.9

18.3

17.3

16.3

14.8

14.5

Post Office

5.5

5.9

5.9

5.6

5.8

5.7

5.4

6.0

5.5

5.5

4.8

4.6

Defence

4.7

4.8

5.2

5.1

4.9

4.8

4.6

5.1

4.7

3.8

3.7

3.7

Justice including Gardaí

3.7

4.0

4.0

4.0

3.8

3.7

3.8

3.5

3.4

3.4

2.9

2.9

Public Service Pensions

3.7

3.9

4.3

4.1

3.9

4.0

4.1

3.7

3.7

3.6

3.4

3.3

Other Expenditure

9.7

6.6

7.1

7.0

7.0

6.6

6.7

7.1

6.8

6.3

6.3

6.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

NOTE: The comparative nature of the table is affected slightly by the reclassification, over the years, of certain items.