§ Mr. Wakeham
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the current level of the dependent relative allowance, adjusted to take account of the increase in the retail price index from the date it was set at the present level.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon,
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 12th January 1978; Vol. 941, c. 793], gave the following information:
Ignoring the small increase made in 1973–74 when the income tax was unified, the figures are as follows:
to ensure an adequate standard of reliability and quality of Christmas fairy lights; and whether he is satisfied that imported lights are marked with an adequate indication of country of origin.
§ Mr. John Fraser
My Department is represented on the Committee of the British Standards Institution (BSI) dealing with British Standard 4647 for Christmas fairy lights, where our main concern is the safety of equipment under Consumer Protection Act regulations. There has been no occasion to make departmental representations to the BSI about the quality and reliability of these products. I have no reason to be dissatisfied with country of origin markings on imported lights, where these are required under the Trade Descriptions Act 1972.