HC Deb 13 May 1954 vol 527 cc1422-3
35. Mr. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was produced by Income Tax and Surtax in the years ended April, 1910, 1921, 1935 and 1954, respectively; and what percentage this represented of the total revenue of the year in each case.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)

As the answer to this Question contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Osborne

Can my hon. Friend say whether the amount which is being produced by direct taxation has been falling in the last period, and whether he expects that this tendency will continue in the future?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In the four years which my hon. Friend selected, the figures which I give in the answer which I will circulate show an increase.

Following is the information:

The table below shows in thousands of pounds the total Exchequer receipt from Income Tax and Surtax compared with the total ordinary revenue in the four selected financial years.

Financial Year Income Tax and Surtax Total Ordinary Revenue Percentage
£'000 £'000
1909–10 13,295 131,696 10.1
1920–21 394,146 1,425,985 27.6
1934–35 280,042 804,629 34.8
1953–54 1,863,391 4,368,130 42.7