HC Deb 12 November 1908 vol 196 c513
MR. ESSEX (Gloucestershire, Cirencester)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if an income accruing to one person of a married couple is calculated as to half its amount to each of such persons, or as the sole property of the person to whom it accrues.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) The means of a person, being one of a married couple living together in the same house, are calculated in precisely the same way as the means of a person who is not married, viz., at the amount received or enjoyed by him or her individually, except that, under the proviso contained in Section 4 (2) of the Act, the means of such a person cannot be taken as being less than half the joint means of the couple.