Rt Hon Lord Lilley

     

    Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)
    24.04.2008
    474 c1460
    Lilley, Peter
    Topical Questions
    According to the International Monetary Fund, the burden of tax under this Government has risen more rapidly than in any other major country, while the rate of growth of output per head has slowed down. Ireland, which has one of the lowest rates of tax, has had one of the highest rates of growth. Does the Chancellor still maintain that the burden of tax has no impact on the rate of growth, and if so, is he really asking the House to believe that Ireland would not have outstripped us by so much if it had suffered the same tax burden as this country does?
    Treasury
    Cooper, Yvette



    Well, looking at the international figures, we see that in the 10 years up to 1997 the UK was the bottom of the G7, in terms of income per head. It is now the second highest, behind the US, as a result of the decisions that we have taken. The tax burden today remains lower than the average over the 1980s, when the right hon. Gentleman and members of his party were in charge.
    House of Commons (HoC)
    Commons Chamber
    Answered
    07-08
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