HC Deb 20 November 1958 vol 595 c1318
30. Mr. McKay

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax a married couple had to pay in 1957–58 on an investment income of £800 if married and 66 years old; what is the tax in 1958–59; and what was the Income Tax on a single man aged 66 years with an investment income of £800 for the same periods.

Mr. Simon

The Answer is £134 5s. 0d. and £102 8s. 10d. respectively on a married couple and £171 17s. 9d. and £144 18s. 10d. on a single man.

Mr. McKay

Am I to understand from those figures that a single man is getting a benefit of £30? Could the hon. and learned Gentleman tell me how it is that a single man is getting relief to that extent because he happens to be 65 or 66, when millions of pensioners who have only £130 a year, or 50s. per week, can get no pensions? Will he reconsider this matter for the pensioners?

Mr. Simon

According to my deductions, the single man is better off as the result of the Budget fund by only £1, and that, perhaps, may be some small consolation for missing the felicities of marriage.