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Barometer | 23 November 2017

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Enduring love

The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

They are not the first public figures to reach this milestone — former US president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara did so in 2015, while the UNO Center for Public Affairs has calculated that around 40,000 American couples have been married for at least as long.

The Queen and Duke have some catching up to do with some of their own subjects, too. Karam and Kartari Chand married in the Punjab in 1925, moved to Bradford in 1965 and in December 2015 celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary before Karam died ten months later, aged 110. Kartari celebrated her 105th birthday earlier this month.

When building boomed

Philip Hammond wants Britain to build 300,000 new homes a year. Last year we built 170,450. How does that compare with the most and least active years since 1949?

MOST

1968

425,830

1967

415,460

1966

396,011

1965

391,230

1964

383,190

LEAST

2013

135,340

2010

135,970

2011

140,680

2012

141,550

2014

145,010

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government

Driven away

The Chancellor wants driverless cars on Britain’s roads by 2021 but says that this will not lead to unemployment. How many people now earn their living by driving?

VEHICLE TYPE

DRIVER NUMBERS

Large goods vehicles

315,500

Vans

251,200

Buses

224,900 licence holders

Taxis

356,300 licence holders

Driving instructors

39,400

registered

Sources: Freight Transport Association; DVLA

Can less be more?

How have gradual cuts in corporation tax in the last decade affected tax receipts as a percentage of Britain’s national GDP?

YEAR

RATE / RECEIPT

2007/08

30% / 2.67%

2008/09

28% / 2.51%

2009/10

28% / 2.19%

2010/11

28% / 2.52%

2011/12

26% / 2.49%

2012/13

24% / 2.31%

2013/14

23% / 2.25%

2014/15

21% / 2.33%

2015/16

20% / 2.35%

2016/17

20% / 2.58%