HC Deb 09 March 1944 vol 397 cc2194-5
65. Mr. Lipson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has considered the protest sent to him from the widow of a man killed in the battle at El Alamein that her pension of 27s. for herself and 9s. 6d. for her child is subject to Income Tax; and if he will provide that war widows' pensions should be exempt from tax.

Sir J. Anderson

I have not seen the case to which the Question relates. I would, however, refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) on 1st February last, of which I am sending him a copy. As pointed out in that reply, the allowance granted in respect of the child is exempt from tax, and the mother enjoys the Income Tax Child Allowance of £50.

Mr. Lipson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he will find that the woman has been asked to pay tax on the child's allowance?

Sir J. Anderson

That I will certainly look into. It would be wrong.