asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can furnish an estimate in relation to those parts of the public revenue raised by direct taxation and by rating, respectively; what percentage is contributed by the weekly wage earners of the country, including, under the second heading, rates paid through the landlord as part of the rent.
The amount of Budget revenue raised by direct taxation in 1943–44 was £1,910,000,000. The income of local authorities from rates during the same year is estimated at about £199,000,000 in England and Wales and £24,000,000 in Scotland. As regards the percentage of direct taxation contributed by weekly wage earners, I must ask my hon. Friend to await my Budget Speech, in the course of which I will give particulars of the yield of the Inland Revenue duties. No information is available as to the amounts of rates paid by particular classes of ratepayers.