§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the proportion of total production costs represented by employers' social insurance contributions in the United Kingdom; and what information he has regarding the proportion of total production costs in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan and the United States of America represented by all forms of taxation, including employers' social insurance contributions, which are based on the number of persons employed.
§ Mr. Macdermot
I regret that information in this form is not available. Some indication of the relative proportions can be obtained from the table below which shows employers' social security contributions as a percentage of the total "compensation of employees" as given in figures for 1963 returned to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Per cent. United Kingdom … … 3.4 France … … 21.4 Germany … … 10.8 Japan … … 3.4 U.S.A. … … 4.4
The figure for Japan relates to 1962. Corresponding figures for Greece and Italy are not available.