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Personal Allowances

Volume 932: debated on Friday 20 May 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, taking account of the new rates of tax allowances announced in last Budget, what would be the additional revenue gained in a full year by abolishing the married man's allowance and replacing it by a single person's allowance.

About £1,800 million for 1977–78, assuming full implementation of the Budget proposals.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, taking account of the new rates of tax allowances announced in the last Budget, what would be the cost to the Treasury in a full year of abolishing the wife's earned income allowance, and replacing it by a single person's allowance which could be set against a married woman's unearned, as well as earned, income.

I regret that the information on which to base an estimate is not available.