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1987-1990 - Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Indirect Taxation

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Indirect Taxation on 1st March 1989.


Mr. Grocott To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of central Government revenue was raised by indirect taxation in the latest year for which figures are available; and what information he has on the corresponding figures for the other member states of the European Economic Community.

Mr. Major The latest directly comparable OECD figures are for 1986. They show the percentage of total general Government taxes and social security contributions derived from indirect taxes.


Percentage of total taxes and social security contributions derived from indirect taxes

Country | 1986

Belgium 25

Denmark 39

France 35

Federal Republic of Germany 30

Greece 50

Italy 28

Netherlands 27

Spain 35

United Kingdom 43


Source: Economic Trends, January 1989.