§ 21. Mr. Marks
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of income tax, value added tax and national insurance contributions liable to be paid by a man on average earnings, with a non-employed wife and two children between 5 and 11 years of age in May 1979, May 1980 and May 1981, respectively.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
I estimate that in May 1979 a married man on average earnings and contracted into the State pension scheme would have paid £23.1—22.4 per cent. of his gross income—in income tax, £6.7—6.5 per cent.—in national insurance contributions and £2.0—1.9 per cent.—in VAT. In May 1980, the corresponding estimates are £25.6—20.2 per cent —£8.5—6.7 per cent.—and £4.4—3.5 per cent. respectively.
I regret that I am unable to provide any estimates for May 1981, since I cannot anticipate measures which may be announced in my right hon. and learned Friend's next Budget.