HC Deb 28 July 1964 vol 699 c232W
Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state the total amount he received from Surtax in the financial year 1951–52 for those in the income bracket above £20,000 per annum; what was the rate of Surtax at that time; if he will give similar details for the financial year 1963–64; and by how much the revenue would have increased in the latter year if the Surtax level had remained the same as that in operation in 1951–52.

Mr. Green

It is estimated that the Surtax chargeable in 1951–52 on incomes exceeding £20,000 in 1950–51 totalled £32 million and that chargeable in 1963–64 on the same level of incomes in 1962–63 will total £61 million. The rate of Surtax charged in 1951–52 on the slice of income over £20,000 was 10s. 6d. in the £ and in 1963–64, 10s. The average rate of Surtax borne by incomes over £20,000 was nearly 43 per cent. in 1951–52 and about 38 per cent. in 1963–64. If all incomes over £20,000 chargeable in 1963–64 were taxed as they would have been in 1951–52, the extra Surtax would have been about £7 million.