§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of income in 1972–73 and 1973–74 was taken in the form of income tax from a married man with two children under 11 years of age who is earning the national average wage.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
The average weekly earnings of all full-time adult male workers in all industries was £36.0 in April 1972 and £40.9 in April 1973. The percentage of income paid in tax by a married man with two children under 11 and no other tax allowances, and whose income remained at this level for the whole year, was as follows:
Income tax as percentage of income* 1972–73 12.6 1973–74 14.6 * including family allowance.