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Wealth — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:48 pm on 5th July 2010.

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Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon Conservative 2:48 pm, 5th July 2010

My Lords, there are different methods of calculating wealth. HMRC personal wealth statistics estimate that, in 2005, the latest year for which data are available, the top 10 per cent of individuals owned 54 per cent of total wealth. The wealth and asset survey, a new survey measuring wealth across Great Britain, estimates that, between 2006 and 2008, the top 10 per cent of households owned 44 per cent of wealth. However, the wealth and assets survey uses a different methodology from the HMRC statistics.