HC Deb 06 March 1947 vol 434 c650
59. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the numbers of people between 18 and 65 years of age not gainfully employed, other than those in receipt of retired or disability pensions, who have returned income under the In come Tax Acts; and the total amounts so returned for the last convenient date.

Mr. Dalton

For the year 1937–38, there were 290,000 people with incomes above £200 who had no earned income, and their aggregate income was £220 million. The number with incomes of less than £200 is not known.

Mr. Lewis

Does the Chancellor not think that it is disgusting in this period of labour shortage that there should be so many well-to-do people doing nothing for the national effort of the country?