HC Deb 07 March 1990 vol 168 cc675-6W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list for(a) 1960, (b) 1970, (c) 1980 and (d) the latest year, the number of married couples (i) with children and (b) without children when (i) both or (ii) only one partner works and pays tax; and if he will estimate the numbers below the tax threshold.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The available information is shown in the table:

1989–90 (millions)
2 Above tax threshold 3 Below tax threshold
Married couples with children
Both partners working 3.1 0.1
Only one1 partner working 2.0 0.2
Married couples without children
Both partners working 3.0 0.1
Only one1 partner working 1.3 0.3


Figures for the earlier years are not available.


Figures form 1987 FES uprated to 1989–90.

1Either husband or wife.

2Tax unit pays tax.

3Tax unit does not pay tax.

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