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Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average personal savings rate per adult in each of the last 10 years.

The generally accepted measure of the average rate of saving by individuals in the United Kingdom is the saving ratio, which measures the proportion of personal disposable income not spent on purchases of consumer goods and services. The latest annual estimates of the saving ratio are published in quarterly articles on United Kingdom national accounts in Economic Trends, which is available from the Library. The most recent article, giving figures back to 1985, appeared in the issue for April 1992. Figures for earlier periods are available on the CSO database, series AIIM, which can also be accessed through the Library.Separate ratios for juveniles and adults are not available.