Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1983.

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Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 3rd May 1983

The tax burden — that is the proportion of gross income taken in all tax payments—increased more under the Labour Government than it has under the present Government.

As to the European Community forecasts, it seems that the figures were calculated from the body of the article. It seems that calculations were made of increased output and of increased productivity and conclusions were arrived at from that information, assuming that everything else would be the same. [Interruption.] It is not an assumption. The right hon. Gentleman forgets that productivity per head has risen enormously under the Government. That is why efficiency has increased and why we have a good chance in the future.