§ Mr. Gryllsasked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total cost of the income tax dependent relative allowance in the financial year 1976–77; what is the estimated cost in the financial year 1977–78; and what would be the estimated cost of doubling the present allowance.

§ Mr. Robert Sheldon,pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 1st March 1978; Vol. 945, c. 270], gave the following answer:

About £30 million in both years. Doubling the allowance would approximately double the cost.

§ Mr. Gryllsasked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total cost of the income tax dependent relative allowance in the financial year 1976–77 and the estimated cost of the financial year 197778; and what would be the estimated cost of doubling the present allowance.

§ Mr. Robert Sheldon,pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd March 1978; Vol. 945, c. 352], gave the following answer:

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave him today.