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Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earn between (a) £15,000 and £19,999, (b) £20,000 and £49,999, (c) £50,000 and £99,999, (d) £100,000 and £249,999 and (e) above £250,000 a year.

[pursuant to his reply, 20 May 1985]: Provisional estimates based on a projection from the 1982–83 survey of personal incomes are as follows:

Estimated distribution of earned income in 1985–86

Range of earned income before tax (lower limit)


Number of incomes


The figures relate to the numbers of single people and married couples with earned income in the indicated ranges. In the case of married couples, the income of husband and wife has been aggregated.