HC Deb 07 February 1978 vol 943 cc504-5W
Mr. Crawford

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the cost to the Exchequer of a 21 per cent. reduction of the rate of corporation tax (a) in Scotland and (b) in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

A cut of 2½ per cent. points in the rate of corporation tax would cost about £140 million in a full year. No information is available on the cost of a corresponding cut in tax on profits arising in Scotland, since these cannot be identified in companies' accounts; the effect for companies with a registered office in Scotland would probably be under £10 million.