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Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the increase in real terms after tax of a married couple with two children and no tax allowances, other than personal allowances, for each of the male employees itemised in the written reply of 13 December from the Department of Employment to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby, Official Report, columns 658–59, showing the increase in gross real earnings between April 1979 and April 1989.

Information is given in the table.

Increases1in real earnings2after income tax3married man with two children4, between April and child benefit of a 1979 and April 1989
Point on Earnings DistributionManufacturingPercentage increase Non-manufacturing
Manual Males
Lowest decile67
Lower quartile1111
Higher quartile2019
Highest decile2521
Average earnings1716
Non-Manual Males
Lowest decile2017
Lower quartile2626
Higher quartile4142
Highest decile4752
Average earnings3941
1 The increases shown do not relate to the same individuals at the different dates.
2 Earnings are those for full-time males on adult rates in Great Britain.
3 For April 1979, income tax is based on the tax regime in the Finance Act 1979.
4 Two children, both aged under 11.

Source: New Earnings Survey data and RPI (all items).