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Taxation and Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the per capita (a) tax revenue and (b) Government expenditure was in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in the most recent period for which figures are available. (98516)

As taxes are often collected centrally and cannot usually be directly attributed to countries within the UK, only limited estimates of tax revenue by country can be made. Estimates of stamp duties and income tax by country are available on the HMRC website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/stamp_duty/menu.htm

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#311

Population estimates are published on the ONS website:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=601&More=N

The Scottish Executive produce estimates of tax revenues attributable to Scotland in their annual publication ‘Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland’. The latest version can be found at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/47121/0020630.pdf.

Per capita public spending that can be identified as benefiting a particular country or region is published in table 7.2 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 2006, available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/economic_data_and_tools/finance_spending_statistics/pes_publications/pespub_pesa06.cfm

Public spending can be split into that which can be identified as benefiting a particular country or region and that which is for the benefit of the UK as a whole, for example defence spending. Therefore, the figures in PESA do not represent total public spending, which is not available by country.