Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Indirect Taxation – 1 March 1989

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.