§ Mr. Allighan
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the national income for the last financial year was accounted for by wages and salaries; and what percentage of the total expenditure of the population was accounted for by rates and taxes.
§ Mr. Dalton
Estimates of national income are not available for financial years. The latest figures which relate to the calendar year are published in Cmd. 6784. Table 20 shows that in 1945, wages and salaries of civilians before the deduction of direct taxes together amounted to 52 per cent. and wages, salaries and the pay and allowances of the Armed Forces to 67 per cent. of the national income. Table II of Cmd. 6784 shows that the total of taxes either paid directly or entering indirectly into private expenditure less the subsidies to private expenditure amounted in 1945 to 34 per cent. of private income. For the purpose of this computation taxes are defined to include not only taxes paid to the Exchequer, but also national insurance contributions, war risks insurance premiums and local rates.