HC Deb 25 June 1980 vol 987 c222W
Mr. George Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the take-up rate, expressed as per thousand of population, of mobility and attendance allowance in each of his Department's regions.

Mr. Prentice

The following is the information at the latest available date:

national insurance fund; and by how much the standard rate of tax would have to be increased to raise the same sum.

Mrs. Chalker

On the economic assumptions used in the Government Actuary's report on the Contributions Re-Up-rating Order 1979 (Cmnd. 7771), with similar assumptions for Northern Ireland, it is estimated that contributions by employees to the national insurance fund for the tax year 1980–81 would amount to £4,859 million. To raise this sum—together with the employees' contribution to the National Health Service of £399 million—it would be necessary to increase the basic rate of tax to 37 per cent.