§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Excheqer, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, Official Report, 18 June, column 539, if he will summarise the case against making national insurance contributions tax-deductible once all benefits are taxable.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
Making national insurance contributions tax-deductible would cost between £1,500 million and £2,000 million, would complicate the tax system and would require extra staff to administer.
§ Mr. Field
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the number of couples at present benefiting, 31W from the married man's tax allowance; and if he will distinguish between those with and without children;
(2) if he will update the answer given to the hon. Member for Barking (Miss Richardson) on the effects on the abolition of the married man's tax allowance on 11 July 1978.