§ Mr. H. Boardman
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated cost of giving relief from income tax on State pensions paid as social security benefits.
§ Dr. Gilbert
The estimated cost of exempting the national insurance retirement pension from tax for 1974–75 is about £320 million. Information on which to base an estimate in respect of other forms of State pension, such as widow s' pensions, is, I regret, not available.