House of Commons debates

Monday, 1 April 1974

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection

    • Bread

      22 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps she proposes to take to keep to a minimum further rises in the cost of bread to consumers.

    • Price Monitoring

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will take steps to encourage local authorities to introduce retail price monitoring services; and if she will make a statement.

      Supply of Goods (Implied Terms) Act

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection is she is satisfied with the working of the Supply of Goods (Implied Terms) Act.

      Food Subsidies

      18 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she will announce her detailed proposals for food subsidies; and whether she will make a statement.

      Price Variations

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps she intends to take, in view of the price discrepancies on a range of branded household goods on sale in the shops and...

      Retail Margins

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what conclusions she has drawn from the Price Commission's examination of retailers' percentage margins.

      Price Comparisons (EFTA Countries)

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection by how much food prices in the United Kingdom have risen since our joining the Common Market, compared with those Continental...

      Food Prices.

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many food prices have increased since 28th February.

      Milk (Motorway Service Areas)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will investigate retail prices for milk charged in motorway service areas.

      Prices (Marking-Up)

      11 speeches

      Mr. Adley: asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will take steps to prohibit the practice of supermarkets whereby marked prices of goods already in stock are...

      Fair Prices List

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when retail grocery stores may expect to receive their fair prices list; and what steps she will take to ensure that they are...

      Imported Food

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection by what percentage imported food prices have risen in the past 12 months; and if she will estimate what proportion of this was due...

      Wine

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will make regulations as to the content of a carafe of wine, in view of present disparities.

      Canned Foods

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will introduce legislation to make it compulsory for the drained weight of foods canned in liquid to be marked on the cans.

      Unsolicited Goods

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will introduce legisla- tion to curb the mailing of unsolicited material.

      Director General of Fair Trading

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she proposes to seek to amend Section 2 of the Fair Trading Act.

      Metrication

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will make a statement on the implications of metrication for the consumer.

      Scottish Daily Express

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will make a statement on her discussions with representatives of workers at the Scottish Daily Express, in relation to the...

      Cross-Channel Ferries

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when she expects to publish the findings of the Monopolies Commission cn cross-Channel ferry fares.

      Price Increases

      6 speeches

      Mr. Ioan Evans: asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many price increases were recorded between 18th June 1970 and 28th February 1974.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade

    • Travel Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will give urgent consideration to the establishment of a Government inquiry into the travel industry, with particular reference to its economic and...

    • Waste Paper Exports

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will give the number of tons of waste paper that has been exported for the years 1969. 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973, and if he will take immediate action...

      Concorde

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of of State for Trade if he will specify the range of assumptions British Airways made about key factors in the profitability of Concorde in service.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Energy

    • Electricity Prices

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consultations have been held with the electricity industry with regard to pending price increases to the consumer.

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects to announce his decision on the continuing programme for the nuclear power stations.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Questions to Ministers

    4 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am aware that it is not for the Chair to rule which Ministers answer which Questions, but can you rule whether it is in order for a Minister to stand at the...

  • Concorde Aircraft

    20 speeches

    Mr. Adley: (By Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement on the Concorde aircraft project following his meeting with the French Minister of...

  • Northern Ireland

    18 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement about events in Northern Ireland in the last few days. I do so in the full realisation of the weight of my responsibility to this House. On...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [26th March].

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    94 speeches

    Question again proposed

    • 2. Spirits (Custom and Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 27th March 1974: (1) the rate of the duty of excise chargeable under section 1 of the Finance Act 1964 on British spirits by virtue of Schedule 1 to the...

    • 3. Beer (Customs and Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That: (1) as from 27th March 1974 the rates of the duties of customs and excise chargeable under section 2 of the Finance Act 1964 on beer by virtue of Schedule 2 to the...

      4. Wine (Customs)

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 27th March 1974, the rates of the duties of customs chargeable under section 3 of the Finance Act 1964 on imported wine (including the lees of wine) by...

      5. British Wine (Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 27th March 1974, the rates of duty of excise chargeable under section 3 of the Finance Act 1964 on British wine by virtue of Schedule 4 to the Finance Act...

      6. Tobacco (Customs and Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (a) as from 27th March 1974 the rates of duties of customs and excise chargeable under section 4 of the Finance Act 1964 on tobacco by virtue of Schedule 5...

      7. General Betting Duty (Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That the general betting duty chargeable under section 1 of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1972 or section 16 of the Miscellaneous Transferred Excise Duties Act...

      8. Pool Betting Duty (Excise)

      Motion made, and Question,That the amount of the pool betting duty chargeable under section 6 of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1972 or section 18 of the Miscellaneous Transferred Excise...

      9. 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...

      10. Value Added Tax (Time of Supply)

      Motion made, and Question,That Part I of the Finance Act 1972 (and in particular section 7(8)) shall have effect, and be deemed always to have had effect, as if references to cases where—...

      11. Income Tax (Surtax Rates for 1972–73)

      Motion made, and Question,That section 10 of the Finance Act 1973 shall have effect as if each of the higher rates applied by subsection (1) of that section and the 40 per cent. mentioned in...

      12. Income Tax (Charges and Rates for 1974–75)

      1 speech

      Motion made, and Question,That income tax for the year 1974–75 shall be charged at the basic rate of 33 per cent. and— (a) in respect of so much of an individual's total income as...

      13. Income Tax (Alteration of Personal Reliefs)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following alterations shall be made in Chapter II of Part I of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970— (a) in section 8 (married and single...

      14. Advance Corporation Tax (Rate for Financial Year 1974)

      Motion made, and Question,That the rate of advance corporation tax for the financial year 1974 shall be thirty-three sixty-sevenths.—[Mr. Healey.]

      15. Advance Corporation Tax (Surcharge)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges may be imposed by requiring payments to be made in addition to payments of advance corporation tax falling due in the financial year 1974.—[Mr. Healey.]

      16. Corporation Tax (Charge and Rate for Financial Year 1973)

      Motion made, and Question,That corporation tax shall be charged for the financial year 1973 at the rate of 52 per cent.—[Mr. Healey.]

      17. Corporation Tax (Small Companies)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (a) the small companies rate for the financial year 1973 shall be 42 per cent; and(b) the fraction by which corporation tax charged on income is reduced...

      18. Disallowance of Interest (Income Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax (including charges for past years of assessment) may be imposed by provisions restricting the circumstances in which interest may be deducted...

      19. Income Tax (Foreign Elements)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made— (a) for charging to income tax certain income arising outside the United Kingdom and not remitted to the United Kingdom; and(b) for...

      20. Ordinary Residence (Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made whereby for the purposes of income tax and capital gains tax ordinary residence in the United Kingdom has in certain circumstances the same...

      21. Life Insurance Companies (Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made for excluding section 93(2)(a) of the Finance Act 1972 (fraction reducing chargeable gains for purposes of corporation tax) in its application...

      22. Friendly Societies (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax (including tax may be imposed by provisions restricting the exemption of friendly societies from income tax and corporation tax and treating...

      23. Income Tax (Share Option Schemes and Share Incentive Schemes)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax (including charges for the year 1973–74) may be imposed in connection with the acquisition by any person, as a director or employee of a...

      24. Transactions in Deposits of Money or Debts (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax and corporation tax, including charges for past years of assessment and accounting periods, may be imposed by provisions about transactions in...

      25. Depreciatory Transactions (Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to corporation tax (including charges for past accounting periods) may be imposed by provisions amending section 280 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act...

      26. Company Liquidations

      Motion made, and Question.That further provision may be made with respect to corporation tax chargeable on the profits of a company which is wound up.—[Mr. Healey.]

      27. Interest Paid to Directors and Directors' Associates

      Motion made, and Question,That it is expedient to provide changes in the rate of interest prescribed by section 285(4) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970.—[Mr. Healey.]

      28. Taxation of Certain Gains from Land (Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made for imposing charges or additional charges to income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax in respect of capital gains accruing on...

      29. First Lettings of Buildings Following Material Development (Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax may be imposed in connection with provisions for treating interests in buildings in the United Kingdom...

      30. Stamp Duties

      Motion made, and Question,That for the period beginning on 1st May 1974 and ending 31 days after the earlieset of the dales mentioned in subsection (2) of section 50 of the Finance Act 1973, the...

      31. Stamp Duties (Compositions)

      Motion made, and Question,That the stamp duties chargeable under section 115 of the Stamp Act 1891 and section 37 of the Finance Act 1939, as amended by subsequent enactments, by way of...

      32. Stamp Duties (Northern Ireland)

      Motion made, and Question,That in the enactments relating to stamp duties having effect in Northern Ireland there may be made amendments corresponding to amendments made by any Finance Bill of...

      33. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Charges)

      Motion made, and Question,That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having retrospective effect) which may arise from...

      Procedure (Future Taxation)

      Motion made, and Question,That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the...

      Procedure (Regional Employment Premiums)

      Motion made, and Question,That, nothwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present...

      Finance [Money]

      Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

      Finance

      Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance, presented...

  • Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Dissolution)

    25 speeches

    10.3 p.m.

    • Adjournment

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

  • Fleetwood

    2 speeches

    11.29 p.m.

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