§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners are now paying income tax; what is the revenue raised from pensioners; and what percentage of the total income tax revenue this represents.
§ Mr. Moore
Provisional estimates for 1983–84 suggest that there are 2–4 million single people over 65, or married couples where one or both are over 65, who will pay income tax. Their total income tax liability will be about £2.9 billion which is some 9 per cent. of the tax due in respect of income in 1983–84.