Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th May 1991.

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Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon 12:00 am, 14th May 1991

Only a genuine Leveller would think that £20,000 a year was rich these days. Certainly, no doctors, police constables, police sergeants, fire sergeants and others would think that. The reality is that average earnings and take-home pay have risen substantially in recent years. Only the Labour party could produce taxation policies to penalise people on modest incomes. Were it to implement all its plans it would be penalising not only people on modest and average incomes but every taxpayer.