HC Deb 04 May 1925 vol 183 cc579-80
82. Colonel DAY

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that in 1913-14 the amount of taxation averaged £4 6s. 2¾d. per head of the population of this country as compared to £18 3s. 6¾d. as at present, he is able to state what proportion of these two averages for the periods in question was represented by direct and indirect taxation, respectively; and will he state the approximate amount of tax paid per head of the potential taxpayers for the year ended 31st December, 1924?


With the hon. and gallant Member's permission, I will circulate the answer to this question in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Are the facts as stated in the question correct?


If the hon. Member will look at the answer he will see that the figure given in the question is quite accurate, but it includes more than taxation.

Following is the answer:

The figures given by the hon. and gallant Member include non-tax revenue as well as tax revenue. The taxation of the United Kingdom per head of population was as follows:

Direct. Indirect. Total.
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
1913–14* 2 1 1 1 10 3 3 11 4
1924–25 10 4 6 5 1 11 15 6 5
1925–26† 10 1 7 5 4 2 15 5 9
*Includes what is now Irish Free State.

I am not able to give general figures for taxpayers as distinct from population or for broken periods of a financial year.