Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:56 pm on 6th July 1983.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 3:56 pm, 6th July 1983

We must get this straight. How does the hon. Gentleman explain the fact that real take-home pay increased by between 5 per cent. and 6 per cent. for all levels of taxpayers under the last Government although it decreased under his Government? How does he square that with the sort of things that he has been saying?