HL Deb 10 February 1997 vol 578 c7WA
Lord Harris of High

Cross asked Her Majesty's Government:

What would be the cost to the Exchequer of raising the threshold for income tax on a married couple with two teenage children to (a) £200 a week, and (b) average adult earnings in manufacturing industry.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish)

The estimated full year cost at 1997–98 income levels of allowing married couples with two or more children age 11 to 16 to have one personal allowance of £200 a week is £0.6 billion. An allowance of £401.40 per week, which is the estimated average full time male earnings in manufacturing industry in 1997–98, is estimated to cost £1.9 billion.

These estimates have been calculated on the basis that the personal allowance is given to the husband in the first instance and the wife gets no allowance. However, if the husband is unable to use all of his allowance then he is able to transfer the unused allowance to his wife. The married couple will still be able to claim the married couple's allowance.

It is not possible to identify teenage children, because the exact age of the child is not known; instead children are grouped according to a range of ages 0–4, 5–10 and 11–16.

Schemes Withdrawn from the 1996 Programme
Route Scheme Cost £ million* Stage Reached Expenditure to end December 1996 £ million
Western Orbital Route, Hereford & Worcester, Staffordshire 615.0 PRA
M1 J28–31 Widening, Derbyshire, Rotherham MB 233.0 PE 0.9
M1 J25–28 Imp (Phase 2: Widening), Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire 195.7 PC 1.2
M1 J21A–23A Widening (Phase 2), Leicestershire 84.5 PE 1.6
M1 J21–21A Widening (Phase 2), Leicestershire 85.1 PE 0.5
M1 J19–21 Widening, Leicestershire 155.9 PE 2.4
M1 J14–19 Widening, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire 299.5 PE 8.3
M3 J2–3 Widening, Surrey 71.6 PC 1.9
M3 J3–4 Widening, Surrey 48.4 PC Included in M3 J2–3
M4 J8/9–10 Widening, Berkshire 52.0 PC 8.7
M4 J10–12 Widening, Berkshire 161.1 PE Included in M4 J8/9–10
M4 J12–15 Widening, Berkshire, Wiltshire 290.1 PE 2.0
M4 J18–20 Widening & M5 J15–J17 Widening, Avon 54.8 PE 1.1
M5 J29–30 Imp, Devon 29.5 PE <0.1
M5 J1 & 2 Imp, Sandwell MB + 7.8 PE <0.1

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