28. Mr. Robert Hughes
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of gross earnings the married couple with one earner on 75 per cent. of average earnings, with two children, paid in tax, treating child benefit as negative income tax, in 1978–79 and in 1989–90.
§ Mr. Lilley
A married man on 75 per cent. of average male earnings with two children would have paid 8.1 per cent. of his gross earnings in income tax in 1989–90, the same proportion as in 1978–79. Over the same period he has enjoyed an increase in real net income of 30 per cent.
§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to impose any form of taxation upon newspapers, magazines and books.