HC Deb 28 January 1969 vol 776 cc1098-9
21. Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer at what weekly wage the following persons commence paying income tax, namely, a single man, a married man without children, a married man with one child under 11 years of age, and a married man with two children under 11 years of age.

Mr. Taverne

About £5 9s. 0d., £8 8s. 0d., £11 5s. 0d. and £12 7s. 6d. respectively.

Mr. Stratton Mills

Do not those figures clearly demonstrate that the starting point for Income Tax for people with low incomes is far too low, and could this be borne in mind when the Budget proposals are being framed?

Mr. Taverne

In his last Budget speech, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer said that he regarded the raising of the threshold in easier circumstances as a high priority. I cannot add to that.

23. Mr. Onslow

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that no taxpayer is obliged to pay Income Tax on income he does not receive.

Mr. Diamond

My hon. Friend the Financial Secretary is in correspondence with the hon. Member.

Mr. Onslow

How much money has been stolen from taxpayers by this means since this indefensible state of affairs was created?

Mr. Diamond

The answer to the hon. Gentleman's exact question is, "None, Sir."