House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 14 April 1964

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service

    • Telephone Calls

      5 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what proportion of dialled telephone calls fail to connect first time.

    • Telephone Exchanges (Dialling Facilities)

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General when the facilities at telephone exchanges where dialling from London is only possible to the local exchange will be extended so that the exchange and number can be...

      Applications

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephone installations were outstanding at the last convenient date; and the average waiting period in England and Wales and in Scotland.

      Subscribers' Accounts

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how many telephone subscribers questioned the accuracy of their accounts during each of the years 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963; and in how many cases the...

      Kiosks

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if the committee studying the economics of Post Office telephone kiosks has yet reported; and if he will make a statement.

      East Dunbartonshire

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephone installations are outstanding in Clydebank, Bearsden, Milngavie, Kirkintilloch and the new town of Cumbernau1d.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television

    • Colour Television

      18 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he will now state the system to be adopted by Great Britain for a colour television service.

    • Party Political Broadcasts

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he will give a direction to the British Broadcasting Corporation under Section 14(4) of the Licence and Agreement to refrain from transmitting on sound party...

      Scotland

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General when a third television programme will be made available to Scottish viewers.

      Radio "Caroline"

      11 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what action he has taken to dissuade advertisers from making use of Radio "Caroline"

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government

    • Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many buildings in the rural districts of Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and...

    • Green Belt

      6 speeches

      Mrs. Butler: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will send a circular to local planning authorities encouraging them to follow a policy of...

      Public Inquiry, Cheltenham

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs when he expects to make his decision on the report of his inspector on the public inquiry into the future status...

      Sculthorpe Air Base, Norfolk

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will consider including the Sculthorpe Air Base, Norfolk, which will soon be vacated by the United States...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing

    • Flats (Sound Insulation)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Gresham Cooke: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what action he is taking to improve standards of sound insulation in the construction of flat...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Power Programme

    5 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister when he will announce the conclusions of the Government on the future of the Nuclear Power Programme, arising out of their studies of the Report of the Powell Committee.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Weapons

    12 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister on what occasions and in what form Mr. Khrushchev has given him information regarding the attitude of the Soviet Government in regard to the abandonment of its forward...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Privilege

    4 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether Her Majesty's Government have now considered the implications of the judgments in the Court of Appeal in the case of Merricks and Another v. Nott-Bower and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ships (Nuclear Propulsion)

    11 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether he will authorise the construction of a nuclear-powered fleet replenishment tanker or other naval surface vessel in a shipyard in the United Kingdom.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Announcements

    5 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister by what criteria he judges whether announcements of Government policy should be given to the House of Commons in the first instance, before being released either to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    4 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister if he will take steps to stop the drift of trade, industry, commerce, employment and population south from Scotland by appointing a Minister whose sole task will be to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Courts of Inquiry (Reports)

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint an inquiry to consider the proper timing of the publication of reports of courts of inquiry set up by various Government Departments.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Members' and Ministers' Salaries

    8 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister when the Report by the Committee on Members of Parliament and Ministers' remuneration will be presented to the Government.

  • Ballot for Notices of Motions

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Considered in Committee.

  • Budget Statement

    1 speech

    3.35 p.m.

    • Minor and Incidental Items

      There are three changes to be made this year which have already been foreshadowed.

    • Abolition of Excise Preference for Indigenous Oils

      First, we have agreed, as part of the obligations to our partners in the European Free Trade Association, to abolish the present arrangements by which a lower duty is charged on indigenous light...

      E.F.T.a. Import Duties

      By the abolition of the Excise preference on light oils we have fulfilled the most important outstanding obligation under the E.F.T.A. Convention, but there are other Customs duties which still...

      Television Advertisement Duty

      Thirdly, the Finance Bill will provide for the repeal of the Television Advertisement Duty at midnight of 29th July, that is, on the eve of the introduction of the additional rental payments to...

      Industrial Oils Relief

      Next, the Committee will recall that last year I acknowledged the strong case for giving relief from the hydrocarbon oil duty in respect of light oils used as raw materials, as solvents or for...

      Relief for Light Oils Burnt in Furnaces

      I propose, also from the same date, to give some further assistance to industry in an experimental field concerned with the use of oils as fuel in industrial furnaces. Recent technical...

      Duty-Free Tobacco and Spirits for Sale on Ships and Aircraft

      I propose to amend the Customs and Excise Act, 1952, to enable the Customs to permit reasonable quantities of duty-free stores for sale on board ships and aircraft as well as for use. The...

      Sugar in Imported and Exported Foodstuffs

      I come to a proposal about the sugar duties. I also propose to include in the Finance Bill a clause changing the present arrangements for distribution payments on imports of foodstuffs containing...

      Mutual Trading

      I now turn to measures in the field of direct taxation.

      Leases at Artificial Rents

      The second measure relates to a new and serious form of tax avoidance, involving the use of leasing devices. One device is for a trader who owns business premises to lease them for a long period...

      Minor Direct Tax Reliefs

      Next in these matters, which I referred to as being extraneous to the main theme, but right to deal with at this stage, I come to two relieving provisions that have been put forward as desirable...

      Stamp Duty on Contracts of Employment

      I have one small Stamp Duty proposal. Under the Contracts of Employment Act, 1963, which comes into effect in July, an employer is required to give each of his employees a written statement of...

      National Debt Matters

      I intend to include provision in the Finance Bill for two small National Debt matters: first, for payments to be made from the Consolidated Fund to Trustee Savings Banks for the management...

      Invalid Vehicles

      My final proposal in this field of minor items relates to invalid vehicles. During the Finance Bill debates last year I listened with great interest to suggestions which had been made for...

      Betting

      I come now to a subject which has aroused a good deal of discussion: betting and gaming. The Committee will have seen the information published earlier this year as a result of the Customs'...

      Tax Reform and Simplification

      I turn now to two questions of tax reform to which I referred last year.

      Reform of the Exchequer Accounts

      The Committee will recall that last May we published a White Paper on the Reform of the Exchequer Accounts. This was intended as a basis for informed discussion rather than as a set of specific...

      Exchequer Out-Turn 1963–64

      I turn to the Exchequer out-turn for 1963–64, and the Exchequer prospects for 1964–55. The main details of the out-turn are shown in the first three tables of the Blue Paper.

      Exchequer Prospects, 1964–65

      I now turn to the Exchequer figures for the coming year on the basis of the present tax rates.

      Main Theme: Development of the Economy

      I turn now to the main part of my statement. This will take the form of a review of the general state of the economy and an explanation of the reasoning by which I have arrived at the proposals...

      Progress in the Past Year

      3 speeches

      As I said earlier, the past year has seen great economic progress. Production has risen by about 5 per cent. overall and by about 8 per cent. in manufacturing industry. The expansion has been...

      Prospects for the Coming Year

      6 speeches

      In the coming year all the major components of demand should be increasing or, in simpler language, the demand for British goods should continue to rise vigorously, with all that this means for...

      Incomes Policy

      1 speech

      The level of incomes from employment and from investment is by far the most important element affecting costs and prices. The total effect upon costs of the level of incomes is about four times...

      Basis of Budget Proposals

      1 speech

      It is against this general background that I wish to set out the basis of my Budget proposals. This basis must clearly be twofold: the level of public expenditure and the pressure of demand. I...

      Public Expenditure

      The White Paper on Public Expenditure up to 1967–68, published last December, represents an important new step forward in public policy. It was based on the concept put forward by the...

      The Pressure of Demand

      Against this background of public expenditure I have to consider the pressure of demand in the coming 12 months. The rate of growth of real output in recent months of around 6 per cent. has been...

      Savings

      Before explaining how I intend to raise the additional revenue, I wish to tell the Committee how I propose to encourage savings.

      Major Tax Changes

      Direct or Indirect

      2 speeches

      In deciding how to raise the additional £100 million of revenue—

      Indirect Tax Increases

      I have, therefore, decided to raise the additional money by increasing the duties on tobacco and alcoholic drinks by amounts broadly equivalent to 10 per cent.

      Summary

      These, then, are my major proposals for financing the cost involved in the great extension of the public services. They should be seen alongside my earlier proposals, for encouraging savings, for...

      Conclusion

      Public expenditure this year, current and capital, will be rising fast. This is necessary to pay for the houses, the schools, the universities and colleges, the hospitals that as a country we...

      1. Spirits (Excise and Customs)

      Motion made,That— (a) as from 15th April 1964 the duties of excise chargeable on spirits, and the duties of customs chargeable on spirits other than perfumed Spirits, shall respectively be...

      2. Beer (Excise and Customs)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (a) as from 15th April 1964 the duties of excise and customs chargeable on beer shall respectively be at the rates shown in the Table below, and drawback...

      3. Wine (Customs)

      Motion nude, and Question,That— (a) as from 15th April, 1964, the duties of customs chargeable on wine, including lees of wine, shall be at the rates shown in the Table blow;(b) the duties...

      4. British Wine (Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That as from 15th April, 1964, the duty of excise chargeable on British wine shall be at the rates shown in the Table below, instead of at the rates shown in Table II in...

      5. Tobacco (Customs and Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (a) as from 15th April, 1964, the duties of customs and excise chargeable on tobacco shall respectively be at the rates shown in Table 1 and Table 2 below,...

      6. Hydrocarbon Oils etc. (Excise Duty and Allowances)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (a) the rate of excise duty on hydrocarbon oils produced in the United Kingdom shall be increased so as to equal the rate at which the customs duty on...

      7. Pool Betting Duty

      Motion made, and Question,That, as regards bets made at any time by reference to events taking place on or after 3rd August, 1964,— (a) provision may be made for extending the amount on...

      8. Surcharges and Rebates in Respect of Revenue Duties

      Motion made, and Question,That the period after which orders under section 9 of the Finance Act 1961 may not be made or continue in force shall be extended until the end of August 1965, and that...

      9. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1964–65

      Motion made, and Question,That income tax for the year 1964–65 shall be charged at the standard rate of 7s. 9d. in the pound, and, in the case of an individual whose total income exceeds...

      10. Income Tax (Surtax Rates for 1963–64)

      Motion made, and Question,That income tax for the year 1963–64 shall be charged, in the case of an individual whose total income exceeded £2,000, at the same higher rate in respect of...

      11. Income Tax (Mutual Trading)

      Motion made, and Question,That further provision shall be made for charging income tax in the case of bodies corporate carrying on a business which consists in whole or in part of mutual...

      12. Income Tax (Transactions Involv- Ing Payments for Property or Rights)

      Motion made, and Question,That, where transactions are carried out which involve payments in respect of any description of property or rights (whether payments by way of rent, or payments for the...

      13. Profits Tax (Miscellaneous Charges)

      Motion made, and Question,That it is expedient to authorise charges to the profits tax which arise from provisions for that tax corresponding with amendments of the law relating to income tax or...

      14. Incidental and Consequential Charges

      Motion made, and Question,That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax which may arise from provisions designed in general to afford relief from...

      15. Amendment of the Law

      162 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the national debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance, so,...

  • Heavy Lorries (Casualties)

    4 speeches

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

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