§ Mr. Ridley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, pursuant to his Written Answer,Official Report, 7th November 1977, columns 38–9, he will estimate the rise in real personal disposable income which would be likely if earnings rose at 15 per cent. rather than 10 per cent. per annum.
§ Mr. Denzil Davies
No, because so much would depend on the consequences for exchange markets, for prices and for the growth rate of the economy.
§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is able to establish 537W the net value of benefits actually received by way of take-home pay, and social wage benefits, by a married man with two young children earning the average industrial wag at (a) March 1974, (b) October 1974 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available, each updated to the value of money at the latest date.
§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the disposable income before his April Budget of a single man, a childless married couple and a married man with two children under 11 years of age assuming a tax rate of 33 per cent., and that all were on average national earnings of £78.42; and what will be the disposable income in each case following the latest increase in personal allowances.
§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the net income after tax, national insurance contribution and child benefit of a married couple with two children as a percentage of the net income of a single person following his recent tax changes, assuming average national earnings in both cases; and what will be the percentage after April 1978, assuming the levels of child benefit and personal tax allowances he has announced.
§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to the Written Answer to the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit),Official Report, 10th November 1977, column162, (1) if he will now publish figures showing the tax and national insurance contributions net of family allowances and child benefits as a percentage of average gross earnings at constant prices in 1973–74 and 1977–78 and showing also the percentage fall in net weekly income at constant prices which has taken place;
(2) if he will publish a table on the same basis as the figures given in the 538W Written Answer to the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit)Official Report, 10th November 1977, column162, including average local authority rates as well as tax and national insurance contributions and showing also the percentage fall in net weekly income at constant prices which has taken place.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
Tax and national insurance contributions net of family allowances and child benefits as a percentage of average gross earnings at constant prices in 1973–74 and 1977–78 were 20 per cent, and 21.7 per cent., respectively. The fall in net weekly income at constant prices between 1973. 74 and 1977–78 was 9.9 per cent.
Estimates of average local authority rates paid by someone with average gross earnings are not available. The average rates paid on domestic properties in Great Britain in 1973–74 and 1977–78 were £1.25 and £2.56 per week. respectively. If expressed at 1973–74 prices the latter figure would be £1.32 per week. These figures are calculated after deducting domestic support grants but before allowing for rate rebates. The 1977–78 figures include charges for sewerage and sewerage disposal collected by local authorities in England and Wales on behalf of regional water authorities, which in 1973–74 formed part of the general rate.