HC Deb 26 October 1999 vol 336 c839W
Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total revenue was raised(a) directly and (b) indirectly (i) 30 years ago, (ii) 20 years ago, (iii) 10 years ago and (iv) currently. [95517]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Frank Field, dated 26 October 1999: As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on revenue as a proportion of direct and indirect taxation. The ONS does not publish data under the headings of direct and indirect taxation. In table 10.1 of the United Kingdom National Accounts (Blue Book) 1999 a full list of UK taxes is published on a European System of Accounts (ESA 1995) basis. Copies of this publication are available in the House of Commons Library. Broadly speaking they are, split into:

  1. (i) taxes on products and production (D.2 taxes) including taxes such as VAT and business rates
and the rest which includes
  1. (ii) taxes on income and wealth including taxes such as income tax, corporation tax, motor vehicle duties (D.5)
  2. (iii) social contributions including employers and employees compulsory contributions (D.611)
  3. (iv) capital taxes including taxes such as inheritance tax (D.91)
Year 1968 1978 1988 1998
Taxes on production as a percentage of total taxes 39.0 35.2 38.1 38.4
Other taxes as a percentage of total taxes 61.0 64.8 61.9 61.6

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