§ 13. Dame Irene Ward
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give an assurance that before the next Budget he will consider special taxation reliefs for elderly people living on small fixed incomes.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The burden of taxation on all sections of the community, including the elderly people whose cause my hon. Friend pleads, is constantly in my right hon. Friend's mind.
§ Dame Irene Ward
Will my right hon. Friend ask the Chancellor whether it might come out of his mind on to paper? Would he bear in mind that both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have stated that the people living on small fixed incomes are worse off than anybody else? In view of the fact that he has given some very helpful advice to some others about what will happen in the next Budget, may I ask whether he wants all these people to die before he is ready 1360 to introduce an amelioration of their position?
§ Mr. Brooke
I can give my hon. Friend the assurance that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will consider all this. What I cannot do, before the present Finance Bill is on the Statute Book, is to anticipate what will go into the next one.
§ Mr. Brooke
All these matters have been open to debate for a great many days on the Finance Bill. It is not the Chancellor of the Exchequer who has resisted discussing any of them.