HC Deb 25 June 1980 vol 987 cc223-4W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table, with the highest benefit entitlement at the top, showing the total benefit entitlement of a married man in each of the circumstances for which the benefits listed in Official Report 27 March, columns 1674–78 take account, including benefits for industrial injuries and war pensions, also distinguishing between benefits which are taxable and those which are tax free, and between benefits which are to be increased by 161 per cent. next November and those which are to be abated.

Mrs. Chalker

[pursuant to her reply, 16 June 1980, c. 439]: All the benefits are tax-free with the exception of retirement pension. Benefits which are to be abated next November are marked by an asterisk.

kind presents considerable difficulties because operating conditions and accounting conventions differ substantially between countries and it is by no means certain that the EEC figures referred to are comparing like with like.