§ Miss Richardson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) single people without children, (b) married men without children, (c) married men with children, (d) one-parent families and (e) working wives were below the tax threshold in 1977–78; and how many extra will be taken below the tax threshold in 1978–79 by the Finance Bill in its original form.342W
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
I regret that estimates of the numbers below the tax threshold in 1977–78 are not available.
It is estimated that in 1978–79 the following numbers of people who would have been liable to tax in accordance with the allowances for 1977–78, are not liable as a result of the increase in the allowances proposed in the Finance Bill:
(a) single persons without children 110,000 (b) married men without children 80,000 (c) married men with children 30,000 (d) single persons with children 10,000 (e) earning wives 120,000