§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of revenue that is lost due to the fact that short-term benefits are exempt from taxation.
§ Mr. Newton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the estimated extra annual revenue if national insurance sickness and unemployment benefits were treated as earned income for income tax purposes.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
The latest estimates of the potential revenue yield, on short-term benefits, based on expenditure for 1977–78 in Great Britain calculated at benefit rates that applied during the year, are as follows:
£ million Unemployment Benefit 200 Sickness Benefit 180 Industrial Injury Benefit 15 Maternity Allowance 20
These are approximate figures, since the information on which to base precise calculations is not available.