§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the current level of personal savings; and what were the comparable figures for each of the past 15 years.
§ Mr. Maples
During the first half of 1991 the personal sector is estimated to have saved at an annual rate of £42.3 billion, representing about 10½ per cent. of disposable income. Figures for the level of saving and personal disposable income for the past 15 years may be found in table 3.1 of the CSO Blue Book, 1991 edition.