§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the average loss to the Exchequer in income tax, employee's national insurance contributions and reduced VAT payments and excise duties resulting from a redundant Ministry of Defence worker being unemployed for 12 months.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The effect on the Exchequer would depend on the income and expenditure of the particular workers concerned. It is not possible to provide a meaningful average.