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Public Sector Debt

Question for Treasury

UIN HL9712, tabled on 19 July 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their calculation of what the cumulative cost of debt interest would be by 2045/46 if they only balanced the current budget.

Answered on

31 July 2018

The Managing Fiscal Risks document, published by the Treasury on the 17th July, projects that if the government only balanced the Current Budget every year from 2021-22, then after taking account of economic shocks, annual debt interest costs in 2045-46 would rise to 4.3% of Gross Domestic Product.

The cumulative cost of these interest payments from the current financial year to 2045-46 is projected to be £3.7 trillion.

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