Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Surtax Payers (Tax Reliefs)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer his estimate of the number of Surtax payers who will benefit in personal tax reliefs from his Budget proposals.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

When the Chancellor chose to give the greatest benefit of his Budget to the smallest and richest section of the community, did he take into account public opinion? Is he not aware that in a Gallup Poll 91 per cent. of all voters chose as first priority the relief of pensioners?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I took into account what I thought was best for the economy.