HC Deb 06 July 1971 vol 820 c314W
30. Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that a married man with two children, earning £25 per week, has a take-home pay of £22.47 when at work and £24.75 when unemployed and that he can be better off unemployed than at work for 18 weeks per year; and what corrective action he intends to take.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

I am well aware that this situation can arise when earnings-related supplement is paid; we are considering the whole matter as part of the Government's continuing review of the tax structure.