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Ministers (Expenses)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what allowance is made against tax in respect of food and travel expenses incurred by Ministers of the Crown whilst employed on official duties.

Ministers of the Crown, like all officeholders and employees, are entitled to tax relief under the schedule E expenses rules for those travel and subsistence costs that are necessarily incurred travelling in the performance of their duties.

rate of mortgage interest; and if he will add a forecast for 1990, allowing for separate taxation of husbands and wives.

Provisional estimates for 1989–90 are given in the table. They are based on projections of the 1987–88 survey of personal incomes. Estimates for 1990–91 are not available.