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Share Ownership

Volume 167: debated on Wednesday 14 February 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement on the numbers of new shareholders since 1979; and whether he intends to promote measures to further encourage the growth of individual share ownership.

The joint Treasury and stock exchange survey carried out in January and February 1989 estimated that approximately 9 million people own shares directly—20 per cent. of the adult population; a threefold increase since 1979.