I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 77 together. The relevant information available is by reference to the income tax years 1995/96 and 1996/97. The information requested, in so far as it is available, is set out in the following table. The projected increased costs for the personal allowances and the exemption limits/marginal relief are attributable to the increases in these allowances and exemption limits provided for in the Finance Act, 1996. The year-on-year reduction in the costs for loan interest and medical insurance is attributed mainly to the phased impact of standard rating those reliefs which was introduced in the Finance Act, 1994, offset to some extent in the case of loan interest by an increase in loan amounts and the ongoing increase in numbers. The cost of the relief shown for 1995/96 in respect of rent paid in private tenancies reflects the information currently available for that year on take-up of the relief provided for under section 5 of the Finance Act, 1995. Corresponding information on take-up is not yet available for 1996/97 and the figure of cost included for this year is the full year cost of the relief estimated for the 1995 budget. That estimate may require to be revised in the light of further information on take-up becoming available.
Increases in the costs of other allowances are based largely on increased take-up.
Estimated costs to the Exchequer of certain income tax allowances and reliefs