§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of the replies to the Green Paper "Income During Initial Sickness: A New Strategy" (Cmnd. 7864) (a) accepted the principle of making sick pay liable to income tax and (b) approved the proposal to transfer sick pay costs to employers.
§ Mr. Prentice
The great majority of the 1,000 or so organisations and individuals who have made representations on the Green Paper have supported the objective of bringing into tax income received during sickness. Concern expressed was not so much over the proposal that statutory responsibility for such payments should be transferred from the State to employers, as about the compensation offered to employers to cover the extra costs they would face in discharging this duty.