HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 c259W
Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the number of private shareholders in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Norman Lamont

The joint Treasury and stock exchange survey carried out in January and February 1988 estimated that approximately 9 million people own shares, 20 per cent. of the adult population. This represents a threefold increase since 1979.