§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of an increase in single and married person's income tax allowances, respectively, to (a) £1,800 and £3,000 and (b) £2,000 and £3,500; and what is the number of taxpayers who would cease to pay income tax and the additional cost in each case of introducing a lower rate band of (i) £1,000 at 10 per cent. and (ii) £1,000 at 10 per cent. and £1,000 at 20 per cent.
§ Mr. Ridley
The information is in the following table. The costs are for a full year at 1982–83 income levels, and have been estimated on the basis that age allowances would be increased by the same percentage as the corresponding ordinary allowance.