HC Deb 19 July 1979 vol 970 cc791-2W
5. Mr. James Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Bothwell of 18 June, he will give an undertaking that in future Finance Bills his policy will be to maintain widows' pensions at their 1979 level at least, calculated as if these levels had been tax free.

Mr. Peter Rees

The level of pensions is a matter for my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Social Services. But it will be our policy to keep tax thresholds at such a level that a widow ease, white rust and American leaf miner reported during 1978.

whose only income is the standard widows' pension will not be liable to tax.