§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the United Kingdom's gross domestic product will be equivalent to the tax burden in 1981–82; and how this compares with the percentages for 1978–79, 1979–80 and 1980–31.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
[pursuant to his reply, 17 March 1981.]: Total taxation as a percentage of GDP at market prices is forecast at about 40 per cent. in 1981–82. This compares with 35 per cent. in 1978–79, 36½ per cent. in 1979–80 and an estimated outturn of 38 per cent. an 1980–81.