To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the impact in 1992–93 on the retail prices index of raising £1 billion from (a) tobacco products, (b) beer, (c) wine and spirits, (d) petrol, (e) VAT and (f) vehicle excise duty.
[holding answer 2 March 1992]:
|(a) Tobacco products||0·4|
|(c) Wine and spirits||0·7|
|(f) Vehicle Excise Duty||0·2|
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the most recent figures for the number of non-taxpayers who are claiming mortgage interest relief at source, in the United Kingdom.
[holding answer 2 March 1992]: MIRAS is available on all qualifying mortgages regardless of the tax status of the mortgagor. A very approximate estimate, based on household survey information, is that there are about 1 million non-taxpayers with MIRAS.