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Eilidh Whiteford (Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fisheries); Banff and Buchan, Scottish National Party)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider classifying guide dogs and caring support dogs as working dogs for VAT purposes.

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David Gauke (The Exchequer Secretary; South West Hertfordshire, Conservative)

It is the type of food, not the type of dog or the use to which the animal is put, which determines the liability for VAT. If assistance dogs consume the same specialised food as working dogs, then their food will already be zero-rated. However, assistance dogs tend not to need this specialised diet and consume the same food as pet dogs, which is standard rated for VAT.

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