§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the gross and taxable income of the self-employed in the current financial year as(a) declared for tax and (b) not so declared; and if he will provide comparable figures for 1978–79.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
The latest information is for 1986–87. The estimates cover married couples and single people whose main source of income is from self-employment.
£ billion Gross Income Taxable Income 1978–79 9.1 4.5 1986–87 26.4 15.4
By their very nature, estimates of amounts of income not declared for tax are not available.