§ Mr. Field
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the numbers of taxpayers who will be subjected to tax at the marginal rate on earned income after the Budget at (a) 30 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 45 per cent., (d) 50 per cent., (e) 55 per cent. and (f) 60 per cent., showing married couples as one tax unit and with earning wives being counted separately;
(2) if he will present his Budget income tax changes according to the total amount of tax cuts, the total percentage of tax cuts and the total number of taxpayers in each of the following income groups (a) under £2,000 per year, (b) £2,000 to £4,000 per year, (c) £4,000 to £6,000 per per year, (d) £6,000 to £10,000 per year, (e) £10,000 to £20,000 per year, (f) £20,000 to £30,000 per year and (g) over £30,000 per year;
(3) how much revenue was lost by the Budget income tax changes; and if he will subdivide this figure according to tax payers paying at the standard and higher156W
by the Arts Council for each of the last five years; and what is the ratio between those figures and those of the national percentage rise.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
No authoritative indices are available for movements in pay and prices in the arts.