§ 49. Mr. Andrew Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the United Kingdom adult population now owns shares.
§ Mr. Maude
The stock exchange survey of share ownership carried out in 1981 estimated that 28.2 per cent. of shareholdings were in the beneficial ownership of the United Kingdom personal sector. More recent comparable figures, and figures for 1979, are not available. The Central Statistical Office expects to publish its latest share register survey in "Economic Trends" in December.