§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the amounts of per capita taxation paid in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom, distinguishing in each case between local and central taxation.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
The latest data available covering all the countries mentioned on a comparable basis relate to 1971. The figures for Sweden, Norway and Denmark have been converted to their sterling equivalent at par or central rates of exchange, which do not necessarily reflect differences in the internal purchasing power on national currencies. Following is the information:
Taxes and social security contributions per head of total population in 1971 (£) (A) (B) Sweden* 778 n.a. Norway of which: 594 n.a. central 467 n.a. local 127 n.a. Denmark* n.a. 618 United Kingdom of which: 360 356 central† 323 319 local 37 37 Source: OECD National Accounts 1961–1972. (A) Present international system of national accounts. (B) Former international system of national accounts. * Separate estimates for central and local government not available. † Including National Insurance Funds.
Information about taxes and social security contributions in relation to gross national product in OECD countries is published annually in Economic Trends, the most recent figures appearing in the October 1974 issue.