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Volume 934: debated on Wednesday 29 June 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what percentage real disposable incomes have increased since February 1974; and if he can give separate percentages in respect of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Monthly figures for real disposable incomes are not available. Between the first quarter of 1974 and the fourth quarter of 1976 real personal disposable income is estimated to have fallen by about 1 per cent. On the basis of real national disposable income, which is available only on a half-yearly basis, there was a rise of nearly 3 per cent., between the first half of 1974 and the second half of 1976; on the same half-yearly comparison real personal disposable income rose by 1 to 1½ per cent. I regret that separate estimates for Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom are not available.