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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 6th July 1983.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 3:32 pm, 6th July 1983

The Chief Secretary invites us to pay a tribute to his right hon. and learned Friend for the tax concessions made in the Budget. Before we do so, does the Chief Secretary agree that, even after the changes in the level of taxation proposed in the Budget, only those earning well over one and a half times average earnings have a lower tax burden this year than they did in the last year of the last Labour Government and that 90 per cent. of the population now pay a higher proportion of their earnings in direct taxation than they did when the Labour Government left office?