HC Deb 18 April 1983 vol 41 c52W
Mr. David Watkins

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of persons receiving basic state pension who pay income tax; and what revenue is raised from this source.

Mr. Ridley

[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1983, c. 442]: No one whose income consists solely of the basic national insurance retirement pension will pay income tax in 1983–84. It is estimated that, at 1983–84 income levels, just over 2 million single people or married couples over 65 who receive a national insurance retirement pension have enough additional income to bring them into liability to income tax.