§ Sir Ralph Howell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 18 October,Official Report, column 14, how many of the 23.2 million persons who have incomes of less than£100 per week are (a) students, (b) persons between 18 and 65 years of age, (c) pensioners and (d) males between 18 years and 65 years; and what is his estimate of the loss in revenue if none of these persons paid income tax.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 22 October 1993]: of the estimated 23.2 million people who have incomes below £100 per week in 1993–94 about 1.2 million are aged 16 or 17, 15.7 million are aged between 18 and 65, of whom 5.2 million are males, and 6.3 million are aged 65 or over.
The loss in revenue if none of these people paid income tax would be about £400 million.