HC Deb 10 May 1977 vol 931 c444W
48. Mrs. Bain

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has made of the effects of Budget proposals on the poverty line.

Mr. Orme

Poverty is a relative matter, and the Government do not accept that a simple poverty line can be drawn. It is, however, estimated that about 845,000 people will be relieved of liability to pay tax.