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Share Ownership

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the desirability of wider ownership of wealth, he will bring forward proposals further to encourage wider share ownership, particularly in regard to share option schemes for company employees and tax incentives which encourage saving and investment by companies and individuals.

It remains our intention, as we made clear in our election manifesto, to encourage employee share ownership and to ensure that our tax policies generally will provide incentives to save and build up capital. We are examining possible methods of achieving these aims.