§ Mr. Peter Rees
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants are currently employed in connection with selective employment tax.
§ Mr. Higgins
I would refer my hon. and learned Friend to my reply to the362W right hon. Member for Stepney (Mr. Shore) on 1st December, 1971.—[Vol. 827, c. 120.]
§ Sir C. Nabarro
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the revenue deriving from selective employment tax in the 14 months from April, 1972 to May, 1973, inclusive; and if, in view of the need further to stimulate consumption and reduce unemployment, he will now seek to bring forward the abolition of selective employment tax to 1st April, 1972.
§ Mr. Maurice Macmillan
The net yield of S.E.T. in the 12 months of 1972–73 is estimated at £250 million. In the 2 months April and May, 1973, no S.E.T. will be collected but about £50 million will be refunded.
As regards the second part of the Question, my hon. Friend will not expect me to anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.