§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he arrived at his forecast that the increase in taxation on an average family would be more than offset by an increase in average earnings of £30 per week; and if he will break that figure down to show (i) the increase in earnings by median and deciles and (ii) manufacturing and non-manufacturing.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The figure of £30 per week is not my forecast. It is the hypothetical increase in earnings assumed by the hon. Member for Peckham (Ms Harman) in the question to which I replied on 17 February 1994,Official Report, columns 891–96.