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Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would the cost to the Exchequer of restoring the proportion of total taxation, direct and indirect, and including national insurance contributions taken from personal income for those on twice average earnings or less to its level in 1978–79, from its level in 1982–83.

The cost would depend on the tax or taxes reduced. No single figure can be given.