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House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 9 April 1957

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Petitions

    • Rent Bill

      9 speeches

      On behalf of over 5,000 constituents and others in the Borough of Wandsworth, I desire to present a petition calling for the withdrawal of the Rent Bill. It is felt that the Bill will inflict...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army

    • R.E.M.E. Camp, Holywood

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War why National Service men in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers camp, Palace Barracks, Holywood, County Down, are not allowed fires in their...

    • Court-y-Gollen Camp, Crickhowell (Hunt Meeting)

      9 speeches

      Mr. Watkins: asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is on his authority that the Monmouthshire Hounds are allowed to meet on the lawn, outside the Officers' Mess, at the Court-y-Gollen...

      Air Trooping (Britannia Aircraft)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements or commitments have been made by his Department for future trooping operations by the Britannia aircraft now on order for Her Majesty's...

      General Speidel

      10 speeches

      Mr. Shin well: asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether he is aware that 60 British soldiers were included in a guard of honour when General Speidel was installed as Commander of the...

      Regimental Bands (Full Dress)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will authorize the wearing of full dress by regimental bands when playing in public in those cases where sets of such uniform exist.

      Home and Overseas Forces

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in his forth coming Estimates, he will supplement the information given in Command Paper No. 124 as to the size of our overseas garrisons and give...


      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what further improved amenities and other inducements he has considered introducing for the purpose of attracting and retaining recruits.

      Bermuda Garrison

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what proposals he has concerning the garrison at Bermuda.

      Regular Commissions

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what proportion of men enlisted on Regular engagements of six years or more reach commissioned rank.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • Textiles (Trade Descriptions)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Hence: asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes taking, by legislation or otherwise, to protect the public against inferior quality textiles being sold as top quality.

    • Copyright Act, 1956

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to bring the provisions of the Copyright Act, 1956, into operation.

      East Germany

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a number of our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation who have no official relations with the East German Government...

      Rhodesian Tobacco

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the assurances he has received from United Kingdom tobacco manufacturers include an undertaking to increase the purchase of good quality...

      Hire Purchase and Credit Sales

      2 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the misleading price tickets frequently exhibited in shops specialising in hire-purchase and credit sale transactions,...

      Leipzig Trade Fair

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that business worth nearly $1,000 million was done by the German Democratic Republic at the Leipzig Trade Fair; that much of this trade...

      Offices, Scotland

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the loss which will be inflicted on the international and other trade carried on by Scottish firms and business by the closing down of...


      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will clarify the operation of exceptions procedure in respect of the licensing of exports to China in so far as it is not normally applicable to...

      Industrial Disputes (Delayed Exports)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent recent industrial disputes have suspended or delayed exports; and what is the estimated financial loss due to this.


      6 speeches

      Mr. Hay man: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on his Department's proposals for licensing a recent barter deal involving imports of sild from Norway in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Economic Survey (Miscellaneous Services)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Osbome: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give full details of the item £1,367 millions for "miscellaneous services" in Table 5, page 12, of the Economic Survey, since...

    • Employers' Associations and Newspaper Advertisements

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, under tax practice, payments made by employers to an employers' association are allowable for tax relief; and whether payments made by such...

      Cost of Living and Wages

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in his forthcoming Budget he will make proposals to the Trades Union Congress General Council requesting the Council's acceptance of a policy of wage...

      Dollar Expenditure

      4 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the dollar expenditure on oil during the twelve months ended 31st March, 1957, compared with the previous year.

      Financial System

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further consideration he has given to the appointment of a committee or a Royal Commission to inquire into our financial system and economic machinery...

      Entertainments Duty (Cinemas and Theatres)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the 200 cinemas and 13 theatres which were closed during the past year paid Entertainments Duty by direct payment; and what were the total...

      Occupation Forces, Germany and Austria (Currency)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the losses incurred as a result of speculation by occupation forces in Germany arid Austria after the war have been recovered from the German or...

      Capital Issues Committee

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Treasury how many requests for permission to issue capital have been received by the Capital Issues Committee for each year since 1945; how many of these applications...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government

    • Planning Appeals

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the number of appeals against the decisions of local planning authorities that have been waiting for six months or over to be heard by his...

    • London County Council (Housing Lists)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that 146.000 families are registered with the London County Council as requiring accommodation in two-, three-, or four-roomed...

      Caravan Sites

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he has now concluded his consultations with local authorities and the caravan associations in regard to sites; and whether he will make...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Energy (Radiation Hazards)

    8 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the danger resulting from accidents, malicious or otherwise, in connection with the processes in which nuclear energy is applied, he will institute an...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Euratom

    8 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister if it has yet been decided whether the United Kingdom will be a member or associate of the Euratom Treaty.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Lords (Reform)

    15 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister if he is yet in a position to announce the nature of the forthcoming legislation on the reform of the House of Lords.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ballistic Missiles

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether, under agreements now existing or under negotiation, the United States Government may operate from United Kingdom territory intermediate range ballistic missiles...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Considered in Committee.

  • Budget Proposals

    1 speech

    3.31 p.m.

  • Review of 1956–57

    Budget speeches fall into a convenient and traditional pattern. It is customary to begin with a review of economic developments in the past year. I propose to do this and to start with the...

  • Exchequer Out-Turn 1956–57

    Let me now indicate briefly the Exchequer figures for the past year. Details of the Exchequer out-turn will, of course, be available in the White Paper later this afternoon.

  • Revenue

    First, as to revenue. Revenue last year was £5,158 million. £265 million more than in the preceding financial year, but £40 million below the estimate. Inland Revenue duties came...

  • Expenditure

    Now for expenditure. Total expenditure above the line was originally estimated at £4,738 million. It turned out to be £4,868 million, or £130 million higher. This increase was...

  • Below the Line

    Below the line, however, the position has turned out rather differently. Total payments below the line were £836 million, £185 million less than was estimated; receipts were only...

  • Summary of Out-Turn

    The out-turn can, therefore, be summed up as follows. Above the line there was a, surplus of £290 million. Below the line the deficit was £621 million. Thus, the overall Budget result,...

  • National Savings

    If I felt disappointment on learning that the fruits of the tax gatherers had not quite come up to expectations, it was offset by the knowledge that the National Savings Movement had had an...

  • National Debt

    The National Debt decreased by £34 million in total over the year. Reduction in the debt resulting from the return to the Exchequer of £450 million out of the sterling capital of the...

  • Exchequer Prospects for 1957–58

    Having reviewed the Exchequer outturn for 1956–57, I will go straight on to the Exchequer prospects for 1957–58. In some respects, they are encouraging.

  • Revenue

    On the basis of existing taxation, Inland Revenue duties at £2,876 million are expected to yield £171 million more in the coming year than last. From Income Tax we expect to collect...

  • Expenditure

    I estimate total expenditure above the line in 1957–58 at £4,827 million, which is £41 million less than the actual outturn for last year. The Consolidated Fund services will...

  • Below the Line

    I expect the net total of expenditure below the line to be a little less than the actual total last year. I estimate the needs of local authorities' borrowing in the coming year as £100...

  • National Land Fund

    While we are still in the field of the Exchequer accounts, there is one change that I propose and should mention even at the risk of digressing from my main theme. In the Finance Act of 1946, the...

  • Economic Prospects for 1957–58

    I have summarised the prospects for the coming year in the narrow budgetary sense. What can and should be done in the Budget depends not only on issues of Exchequer arithmetic, but also upon the...

  • Monetary Policy

    Before I relate the economic prospects which I have outlined to my objectives in the present Budget, I want to refer to monetary policy. To influence the economy, Governments, of course, use...

  • Budget Objectives

    Having thus, as it were, both guarded my flank upon the credit front and set in hand a study of our future strategy in these matters, I can turn from monetary policy to fiscal considerations...

  • Fiscal Proposals

    Having set the stage, I will now—hon. Members may say "at long last"—come to my fiscal proposals. It may perhaps be convenient if I deal first with two important subjects on which I...

  • Entertainments Duty

    First, the Entertainments Duty. Hon. Members will recall that during the debates on the Finance Bill last year my right hon. Friend gave an assurance that he would, in the course of the year,...

  • Overseas Trade Corporations

    The second major commitment which I inherited was an undertaking to consider the taxation of United Kingdom companies that carry on business overseas. As the Committee well know, such companies...

  • Purchase Tax

    I now turn to two further proposals in the field of indirection taxation. The first relates to Purchase Tax. It is designed to benefit the ordinary householder and, in particular, those families...

  • Hydro-Carbon Oil Duty

    I am proposing to make one other change in indirect taxation. When the additional duty of Is. a gallon was imposed on petrol and certain other light oils last December, it was made clear that the...

  • Minor Proposals

    There are two minor proposals in the Customs and Excise field, which I should mention. I am proposing to continue the Customs duty of £4 a cwt. on imported hops which would otherwise expire...

  • Investment Allowances

    Turning to matters of wider interest I will deal, first, with the question of fiscal measures in the field of investment. As the Committee will remember, my right hon. Friend suspended the 20 per...

  • Reliefs for Age

    I pass from shipping to the more human problems of personal taxation and, first, to taxation of old people with small incomes. Many people have for long held the view that our tax system is too...

  • Child Allowance

    Next, I turn to tax relief for the parents of children. Bachelors are clearly better able to bear our present levels of taxation than married people. At least in a period when the amount of tax...

  • Personal Allowances for Surtax

    With this proposal for an improved Income Tax child allowance I associate another reform. This is in the field of Surtax and also stems from a recommendation of the Royal Commission. It, too, is...

  • Earned Income Relief

    I turn now to the last of my proposals in the field of personal taxation. Our objective is opportunity and expansion. A tax system which offers the minimum inducement to those with the maximum...

  • Customs and Excise

    1. Entertainments duty (scope and amount of duty)

  • Purchase Tax

    7. Purchase tax (household goods)

  • Income Tax

    9. Income tax (charge and rates for 1957–58)

  • Profits Tax

    17. Profits tax (miscellaneous charges)

  • Estate Duty

    18. Estate duty (gifts inter vivos)

  • General

    86 speeches

    20. Amendment of the law

  • Drainage Scheme, Theddlethorpe

    4 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Brooman-White.]

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