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Personal Incomes

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures for each member State of the EEC and for Sweden, the United States of America, Australia and Japan, showing the level of gross income, including family allowances as appropriate and measured as a percentage of local average earnings, at which each of a single person, a single-wage married couple, a two-wage married couple, a married couple with two children aged 15 and 12 years, and a married couple with four children aged 15, 12, 9 and 6 years pays (a) income tax and (b) income tax plus social security contribution, at a rate or combined rate of 40 per cent., or the nearest equivalent, assuming in every case no tax relief other than the main personal allowances, works expenses, and so on, and that all the income is earned.

I regret that an answer could be supplied only at a disproportionate cost.