§ 41. Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to ameliorate the effect of the poverty trap on low-income families.
§ 46. Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consultations he has had with interested parties about the increase in the numbers of low-income families who will be paying an effective marginal rate of taxation of 75 per cent. or over.
§ Mr. Orme
None. I have seen no evidence to suggest that the number of low-income families actually subject to a marginal tax rate of 75 per cent. is high or is increasing, and it is an objective of this Administration to contain the effects of the poverty trap by all practical means. On this I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr. Arnold) today.
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer did, however, meet and discuss these matters with the Child Poverty Action Group on 12th May, as he said in his reply to the hon. Member for Harrow, Central (Mr. Grant) on 19th May 1976.—[Vol. 91, c. 570–3.]