HC Deb 22 March 1967 vol 743 c284W
Mr. Driberg

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in reviewing anomalies in the operation of the Selective Employment Tax, he will bear in mind the hardship caused to large numbers of housewives who can no longer get part-time work, and the loss of their services to the community.

Mr. MacDermot

As my right hon. Friend has said on a number of occasions, he is watching the effect of the tax on part-time workers. My hon. Friend will not expect me to say more now.

Mr. Boston

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the cost of collecting the Selective Employment Tax, including the cost of paying premiums and refunds, compares with the cost of collecting other taxes.

Mr. Callaghan

The extra administrative cost of operating the Selective Employment Tax is estimated at about £1½ million in a full year, representing about 0.75 per cent. of estimated net revenue. The estimated cost in 1965–66 of collecting other taxes, expressed as a percentage of receipts, was given in my answer to the hon. Member for Wavertree on 20th December, 1966. The figures range from 0.86 per cent. to 2.03 per cent.— [Vol. 738, c.250–2.]

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