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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Collection of Taxation.

Wednesday, 5 October 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 5

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Finance the total amount collected by the State in taxation for the year, ended (a) March, 1956, and (b) March, 1966.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance (Mr. J. Gibbons): Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons The total net amount collected by the State in tax revenue and motor vehicle duties was £94.3 million for the year ended 31st March, 1956, and £203.7 million for the year ended 31st March, 1966.

[613]Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange May I take it that, since 1956, this has doubled and that we have also borrowed over £400 million? Where are we going?

Mr. J. Gibbons: Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons In 1956, it was at a rather low ebb.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Not as low as at present. There is money for nothing at the present time. Everything is being put on the long finger.

Mr. J. Gibbons: Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons The increase in the ten-year period is from £551 million in 1955-56 to £1,015 million in the current year.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Does the Parliamentary Secretary remember when the Taoiseach was to reduce taxation and bring it back to the 1953 level?

Mr. P.J. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan Can the Parliamentary say what percentage of the total national income was paid in taxation in 1956 and in 1966?

Mr. J. Gibbons: Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons I have not that information.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan That is a separate question.


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