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"Inland Revenue Statistics"

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what is the reason for the delay in the publication of "Inland Revenue Statistics" for 1987; and when he expects to publish them;(2) if he will update the information on personal wealth contained in appendix D2 of "Inland Revenue Statistics" 1986 for the years 1984, 1985 and 1986.

"Inland Revenue Statistics" is usually available towards the end of the year. The 1987 edition is expected to be published early in January 1988. It will contain information on personal wealth for 1984 and 1985. The 1986 estimates are not yet available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate, for 1985–86 and 1986–87, the total cost of those tax allowances and reliefs detailed in table 1.6 of "Inland Revenue Statistics".

Such a figure would have little meaning, since allowances and reliefs of some kind are an essential feature of any tax system. For the cost of individual allowances and reliefs for 1986–87, I refer the hon. Member to "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1987–88 to 1989–90", Volume II (Cm 56–11) Table 2.29.