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Income Statistics

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the median income in real terms was in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland for each year since 1992. (100109)

The information on median income of taxpayers in 2005-06 prices for 1996-97 to 2003-04 is given in the following table.

£

UK

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

1996-97

15,700

15,800

14,000

15,700

14,300

1997-98

16,000

16,100

14,600

16,000

14,400

1998-99

16,100

16,300

14,400

15,600

14,400

1999-2000

16,700

16,800

15,600

16,100

15,000

2000-01

16,600

16,900

14,700

16,100

15,100

2001-02

17,200

17,400

16,000

16,900

15,600

2002-03

17,200

17,400

15,700

16,500

15,500

2003-04

16,900

17,200

15,400

16,400

15,600

Figures are obtained from the Survey of Personal Incomes of which 2003-04 is the latest available.

Geographical level information is unavailable prior to 1996-97 due to small sample sizes.

Estimates may be subject to sampling error due to year-on-year sampling variation in the survey. Estimates for later years should be more accurate and subject to less sampling variation, due to the sample size of the survey increasing from around 75,000 in 1996-97 to over 400,000 by 2002-03.

Similar information including non-taxpayers is unavailable.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the real income for (a) men, (b) women and (c) in total was for the (i) lowest, (ii) median and (iii) highest decile in each year since 1992. (100110)

Available information for taxpayers with incomes at the median and lowest and highest deciles is available on HM Revenue and Customs’ website in table 3.1 “Percentile points for total income before and after tax, 1990-91 to 2003-04” at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#31.

Similar information including non-taxpayers is not available.