This section covers data on government spending, tax revenues and public sector debt. Medieval fiscal data is available back to 991 with a payment of £10,000 of Danegeld recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. The pipe rolls and Exchequer accounts then supply much of our knowledge of fiscal data through to the late C17th when the data obtained from Parliamentary Reports begin. The latest official data based on the Public Sector Analytical Tables start in 1946 and are made available here given their long back run. The Bank’s Millennium dataset contains summaries of much of this data. Links are made to various recent research datasets on spending, revenue and the national debt such as the European State Finance Database and the work of Wilkie and Cairns, and Ellison and Scott on the National Debt and its structure. Publications such as Pember and Boyle’s British Government Securities in the C20th and various Parliamentary Reports are also provided.
- Fiscal section of Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 (xls), summary data are available via FRED
- Detailed medieval fiscal data for the UK and other countries can be found at the European State Finance Database
- Monthly data on the market value of the national debt back to 1694 put together by Martin Ellison and Andrew Scott can be found here
- Monthly data on the price and quantity of government securities since 1964 can be found in the Heriot-Watt University and Institute and Faculty of Actuaries British Government Securities Database maintained by David Wilkie and Andrew Cairns