HC Deb 29 October 1999 vol 336 c1036W
Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners will be paying tax at the higher rate in(a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030, (d) 2040 and (e) 2050, assuming that tax bands for pensioners are indexed to prices. [95537]

Dawn Primarolo

Reliable estimates cannot be given, due to uncertainty about levels of pensions and other income so many years ahead.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many, and what percentage of, pensioners paid income tax in(a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99 and (c) 1999–2000; and if he will estimate the number who will pay tax in 2000–01. [95733]

Dawn Primarolo

The numbers and percentages of pensioners paying tax in 1997–98, and those estimated to pay tax in 1998–99 and 1999–2000, 2000–01, are as follows:

Year Number of pensioner taxpayers (million) Percentage of all pensioners
1997–98 4.0 37
1998–99 4.1 39
1999–2000 3.8 35
2000–01 4.0 37


  1. 1. The numbers are based on the 1997 Survey of Personal Incomes.
  2. 2. Pensioners have been defined as women aged 60 and over and men aged 65 and over.

Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what marginal tax rates are faced by pensioners in different income groups, taking into account the payment of tax and the loss of eligibility for means-tested assistance. [95518]

Mr. Rooker

I have been asked to reply.

Average Marginal Reduction Rates across more than one benefit are not readily available. The information requested therefore could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.