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Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the percentage increase in (a) income from employment, (b) income from self-employment, (c) rent, dividends and interest, (d) social security benefits and (e) personal disposable income, between 1978–79 and 1989–90, giving the contribution of each towards personal disposable income.

[holding answer 24 May 1990]: Estimates in respect of the first quarter of 1990 will be published in late June. The most up-to-date comparison available, for calendar years 1978 to 1989, gives the following percentage increases and percentages of personal disposable income:

Percentage change 1989 on 1978

As a percentage of personal1 disposable income



Income from employment+1838782
Income from self-employment+2551214
Rent, dividends and interest+2581113
Social security benefits+1911413
Personal disposable income+202

1 Personal disposable income is total personal income less taxes, social security contributions and certain transfer payments.