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Tax Allowances: Armed Forces

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims made by members of HM armed forces for laundry allowance while on deployments and exercises were granted in each of the last five years; and what the (a) total value of the tax allowance and (b) average allowance per claimant was in each of those years; (146296)

(2) for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs does not meet claims made by members of HM armed forces for laundry allowance while on deployments and exercises; and if he will make a statement.

HM Revenue and Customs does not hold the information requested about the number and value of claims for tax relief for laundry expenses.

Members of the armed forces are normally entitled to free laundry facilities when on deployments and exercises. No tax relief is due in these circumstances.