HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 c31W
Mr. Woof

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the amount of national debt for each of the years 1974, 1975 and 1976.

Mr. Joel Barnett

The information asked for at 31st March in each year is

Allowance Year of last increase Equivalent value at November 1977 prices of allowance at last increase
£ £
Dependent Relative
Maintained by single woman 145 1967–68 423
Others 100 1960–61 366

Mr. Wakeham

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would the cost be to public funds of increasing the dependent relative allowance to £200 or £300.

Mr. Robert Sheldon,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 12th January 1978; Vol. 941, c. 793], gave the following information:

About £20 million and £40 million respectively.