§ 5. Mr. John Hall
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the cost to the Revenue would have been if the earned income allowance had been deducted before assessment of income for Surtax.
§ Mr. Houghton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the present annual cost of administration of Surtax; and what saving he estimates would be possible if work on Surtax were decentralised to local inspectors' offices
The annual cost of administering Surtax, excluding the cost of determining the underlying Income Tax assessments is about £2 million. On the second part of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to my Answer of 15th December, 1959.