HC Deb 02 March 1981 vol 1000 cc6-7W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the full year cost of disregarding (a) 25 per cent. and (b) 50 per cent. of the widows' pension for income tax purposes.

Mr. Peter Rees

The full year costs at 1980–81 income levels would be (a) £30 million and (b) £55 million. These costs assume that the widows' allowance and the national insurance retirement pension paid to widows under 65 would be similarly disregarded.