Poor Families (Tax)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th May 2001.

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Photo of Mr Nick St Aubyn Mr Nick St Aubyn Conservative, Guildford 11:30 am, 10th May 2001

According to the Government's own figures, since they came to office the poorest fifth of households have had their tax burden increased by 12 per cent. Do the Government recognise that running a car is a necessity for many of even the poorest families, particularly in rural areas? They have introduced a regressive tax--there has been a massive increase in car taxation. Will the Minister join the Conservative party in cutting tax on petrol by 28p a gallon?