HC Deb 01 May 1972 vol 836 cc60-1W
Mr. Knox

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, from information available from international sources, what percentage direct taxation was of total taxation in the member countries of the European Economic Community in 1958 and 1970; and what are the equivalent figures for the United Kingdom.

Mr. Nott:

The information is given in the table below, which is based on data published by the Statistical Office of the European Communities in National Accounts 1958–68 and National Accounts 1960–70.

1958 Per cent. 1970 Per cent.
Taxes on income 30.1 32.5
Social security contributions 26.1 30.0
Taxes on income 18.6 19.4
Social security contributions 32.5 40.2
Taxes on income† 26.9‡ 29.9
Social security contributions 29.8 32.4
Taxes on income 21.1 21.3
Social security contributions 31.0 37.5
Taxes on income 38.9 37.0
Social security contributions 28.5 29.7
Taxes on income 40.1 34.3
Social security contributions 27.1 36.8
United Kingdom§:
Taxes on income 40.5 40.0
Social security contributions 13.1 14.3
* Total taxes on income, Taxes on expenditure and Social Security contributions; but excluding taxes on capital.
† Excluding casualty insurance transactions.
‡ Excluding Saar and West Berlin.
§ Based on latest published estimates.