To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how may people would have a marginal rate of income tax of 10p in the pound, assuming bands for this rate were the first (a) £500, (b) £1,000, (c) £1,500, (d) £2,000, (e) £2,500, (f) £3,000, (g) £4,000, (h) £5,000 and (i) £6,000 of taxable income. 
Using the hon. Member's assumptions, the estimates for 1997–98 are given in the table.
|New 10p starting rate on first1£||Number of taxpayers who would face a marginal rate of 10 pence (millions)|
|1 Assuming that the new 10 pence rate band would apply to all taxable income, so that the rates for savings income would be 10 per cent., 20 per cent. and 40 per cent.|