HC Deb 13 July 1978 vol 953 cc792-3W
Mr. Park

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total tax revenue in the United Kingdom for the year 1970–71; what percentage of the gross national product this represented; and what are the comparable figures for the year 1977–78.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

The information is given in the table below. The figures for total general Government revenue from all taxes comprise central Government receipts of taxes on income, expenditure and capital, and also local authority receipts of rates. National insurance, etc. contributions are total receipts under the national insurance, national health, redundancy and maternity pay schemes.

General Government Revenue from Taxes and National Insurance contributions
Total revenue from all taxes Total revenue from all taxes and National Insurance, etc. contributions
£ million
1970–71 16,710 19,371
1977–78 42,695 52,397
as a proportion of GNP at factor cost
per cent.
1970–71 37.1 43.0
1977–78 33.7 41.4

Source: National accounts estimates.