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Maastricht Supplementary Data Tables, July 2012 This product is designated as National Statistics

Released: 24 July 2012 Download PDF

Abstract

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is required to provide the European statistical agency (Eurostat) with detailed statistical information on government finance statistics, with particular focus on debt and deficit. This document describes the contents of the government finance statistics tables supplied to Eurostat, and is intended as a guide to users of the data.

Introduction

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is required to provide the European statistical agency (Eurostat) with detailed statistical information on government finance statistics, with particular focus on debt and deficit.

The data tables associated with this release are copies of the data supplied to Eurostat in June/ July 2012 and they are reproduced in the format required by Eurostat.

Each section of this document provides information on what is contained in the data table to which the section relates. As an overall guide:

UK General Government debt data can be found in;  

  • ESA Table 28: Quarterly Government Debt. 

UK General Government deficit (or net borrowing) data can be found in;

  • ESA Table 2 : Annual Aggregates.

  • ESA Table 25: Quarterly Non-Financial Accounts.

  • ESA Table 27: Quarterly Financial Accounts.

In all tables the Eurostat convention for recording missing values is used. This conventions uses “M” when something is not applicable or the requested data does not exist, and “L” when the requested data is not available or the data exists but has not been collected/recorded.

European System of Accounts (ESA) Table 2 Main Aggregates of General Government

ESA Table 2 (2.38 Mb Excel sheet) reports on annual UK General Government Expenditure and Revenue.

Coverage:            UK General Government, i.e. all of UK central and local government

Periodicity:           Annual (calendar years)

Time Series:        1990 to 2011

Valuation:             Current prices

Publication Schedule:   Four times a year in January, April, July and October

Associated publications:  Government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty – Calendar Year 2011 , Public Sector Finances – May 2012

ESA table 2 is a complete set of annual non-financial accounts of the general government sector, compiled according to ESA95. Table 2 provides a breakdown of general government expenditure (both current and capital) and general government revenue. The table uses ESA95 codes to identify the different transactions with “OTE” representing the total general government expenditure and “OTR” representing the total general government revenue. The table also shows the general government net borrowing (B.9) which is the difference between total revenue and total expenditure. The data is an annual presentation of the quarterly general government data in ESA table 2.

European System of Accounts (ESA) Table 25 Quarterly Non-Financial Accounts of General Government

ESA Table 25 (106 Kb Excel sheet) reports on quarterly UK General Government Expenditure and Revenue.

Coverage:        UK General Government, i.e. all of UK central and local government

Periodicity:        Quarterly

Time Series:     1987Q1 to 2012Q1

Valuation:         Current prices

Publication Schedule:  Four times a year in January, April, July and October

Associated publications:  Government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty – Calendar Year 2011, Public Sector Finances – May 2012

ESA table 25 is a complete set of quarterly non-financial accounts of the general government sector, compiled according to ESA95. Table 2501 provides a breakdown of general government expenditure (both current and capital) and Table 2502 provides a similar breakdown for general government revenue. Table 2502 also shows the general government net borrowing (B.9) which is the difference between total revenue and total expenditure. The data is a quarterly presentation of the annual general government data in ESA table 2.

European System of Accounts (ESA) Table 27 Quarterly Financial Accounts of General Government

ESA Table 27 (871 Kb Excel sheet) reports on UK Government financial transactions and levels.

Coverage:        UK General Government, i.e. all of UK central and local government

Periodicity:       Quarterly

Time Series:     1987Q1 to 2012Q1

Valuation:         Current prices

Publication Schedule:      Four times a year in January, April, July and October

Associated publications:  Government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty – Calendar Year 2011 , Public Sector Finances – May 2012

ESA table 27 (also known as QFAGG - quarterly financial accounts of general government) is a complete set of quarterly financial accounts of the general government sector and its sub-sectors, compiled according to ESA95. The table deals with both financial transactions and the financial balance sheets. Data are consolidated within each sub-sector and are available both consolidated and unconsolidated at the General Government level.

European System of Accounts (ESA) Table 28 Quarterly Government Debt (Maastricht Debt) for General Government

ESA Table 28 (176.5 Kb Excel sheet) reports on UK Government Debt Levels.

The definition of debt is that defined by the Maastricht Treaty Annex and the EU Stability and Growth Pact. These state that; Government debt is general government gross consolidated debt at nominal value.

Coverage:        UK General Government, i.e. all of UK central and local government

Periodicity:       Quarterly

Time Series:     2000Q1 to 2012Q1

Valuation:         Current prices

Publication Schedule:  Four times a year in January, April July, and October

Associated publications:  Government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty – Calendar Year 2011 , Public Sector Finances – May 2012

ESA table 28 shows government debt on a quarterly basis, for general government and its sub-sectors, compiled according to ESA95.  The table provides a breakdown of all debt instruments that are relevant in the EDP reporting of ‘Maastricht Debt’. These instruments are categorised under ESA95 as F.2 (cash and deposits), F.33 (securities other than shares, excluding financial derivatives) and F.4 (loans). Data are consolidated within each sub-sector and at the General Government level; that is any debt liabilities of government which are held as assets by another part of government are removed.

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