HC Deb 26 November 1968 vol 774 cc278-9
Mr. William Price

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax changes he is proposing to make in relation to widows.

Mr. Harold Lever

I cannot add to the Answer given to my hon. Friend on 26th June, 1968.

Mr. Price

Whilst this is hardly the opportune time to ask the Chancellor for concessions, would not my hon. Friend agree that over the years widows have had a rough deal from successive Governments? Can he hold out any hope for the longer term?

Mr. Lever

All times are appropriate for asking for concessions. No time is appropriate for predicting them.

Mr. John Smith

Will the hon. Gentleman consider the simple expedient of raising the starting level of Income Tax for all widows?

Mr. Lever

Such suggestions are always carefully considered, but one cannot anticipate the Chancellor's Budget statement.

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