§ Mr. Congdon
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost to the Exchequer of the married couples allowance in 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 1 March 1994]: The estimated costs in a full year are given in the table:
Year 1Cost £ billion 1993–94 5.0 1994–95 3.9 1995–96 3.1 1 Includes the cost of allowances related to the married couples allowance, namely the additional personal allowance and the widow's bereavement allowance.