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House of Commons debates

Monday, 12 April 1976

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    3 speeches

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection

    • Retail Prices

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what has been the increase in the Retail Price Index in the last three months.

    • Consumer Protection

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to strengthen consumer protection within the EEC.

      Consumer Protection Officers (Powers)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she will extend the powers of consumer protection officers to enable them to investigate allegations of excessive charges...

      Food Subsidies

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what estimate she has made of the saving per week, for a single person, as a result of the present level of food subsidies.

      Metrication

      24 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what plans she has to keep the public informed of the problems created by metrication.

      Petrol (Retail Sales)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she will make a further statement on recent developments in the retail petrol market.

      Nationalised Industries

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what representations her Department has received from consumer bodies about the effect upon consumers of recent proposed increases...

      Hallmarking

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the EEC draft directive on precious metals which...

      Inflation

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what was the six-month annualised rate of inflation in the six months ending December 1975, January 1976 and February 1976.

      Electricity Users' Consultative Council

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she has any plans to meet the Electricity Users' Consultative Council.

      £ Sterling (Value)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is her assessment of the effect of the continued decline of the £ sterling on domestic retail prices of food, clothing...

      Fair Trading Act 1973

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she remains satisfied with the operation of Part II of the Fair Trading Act 1973; and if she will make a statement.

      National Consumer Council

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when she next plans to meet the Chairman of the National Consumer Council.

      Price Code

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she will make a statement on the progress made in her negotiations about the future of the Price Code.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — North Sea Oil (Participation Agreements)

    14 speeches

    asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will make a further statement about his progress in negotiating participation agreements with the oil companies.

  • Bills Presented

    • Rent (Agriculture)

      Mr. Secretary Shore, supported by Mr. Secretary John Morris, Mr. Frederick Peart, Mr. Denzil Davies, Mr. Ernest Armstrong, Mr. Attorney General, and Mr. Gavin Strang, presented a Bill to afford...

    • Health Services

      Mr. Secretary Ennals, supported by Mr. Michael Foot, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Secretary Millan, Mr. Secretary John Morris, Mr. Joel Barnett, and Dr. David Owen, presented a Bill to...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [6th April].

    • Amendment of the Law

      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; but, without prejudice to any...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    120 speeches

    3.31 p.m.

    • 2. Spirits

      Motion made, and Question, That as from 7th April 1976 the rates of duty specified in section 9 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1975 shall be increased from £22·0900 and £22·1650...

    • 3. Beer

      Motion made, and Question, That as from 7th April 1976 the rates of duty specified in section 10d) of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1975 shall be increased— (a) from £13·6800 for every...

      6. Hydrocarbon Oil etc.

      Motion made, and Question, That as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 9th April 1976 the rate of duty specified in section 11 of the Finance (No. 2) Actput forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No....

      4. Wine

      Motion made, and Question,

      5. Made-Wine

      Motion made, and Question, 1975 shall be increased from £0·2250 a gallon to £0·3000 a gallon.And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this...

      7. Cider

      Motion made, and Question, That as from 6th September 1976 there shall be charged on cider imported into or made in the United Kingdom a duty of excise at the rate of £0·22 a gallon.In...

      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 (Reduction of Higher Rate)

      Motion made, and Question, That as from 12th April 1976 the higher rate of value added tax referred to in section 17(1) of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1975 shall be reduced from 25 per cent. to...

      8. Tobacco Products

      Motion made, and Question, added tax chargeable at more than one rate higher than the standard rate.And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution...

      11. Value Added Tax (Minor Amendments)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made— (a) for excluding from tax that may be deducted under section 3(1) of the Finance Act 1972 or refunded under section 15 or 15A of that...

      12. Vehicles Excise Duty (Special Requests for Registratio Marks)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made for the imposition, by regulations under the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, of charges in...

      13. Vehicles Excise Duty (Disabled Persons)

      Motion made, and Question, That a vehicle shall not be exempt from vehicles excise duty by virtue of section 7 of the Finance Act 1971 or section 7(2A) of the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern...

      14. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1976–77)

      Motion made, and Question, That income tax for the year 1976–77 shall be charged at the basic rate of 35 per cent. and— (a) in respect of so much of an individual's total income as...

      15. Relief for Interest (Limit for 1976–77)

      Motion made, and Question, That the limit imposed by paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Finance Act 1974 shall, subject to any reduction to be made under that paragraph, be £25,000 for the...

      16. Income Tax (Alteration of Personal Reliefs)

      Motion made, and Question, That—(1) In section 8(1A) and (IB) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970 for "£1,425", "£950" and "£3,000" there shall be substituted...

      17. Income Tax (Husband and Wife)

      Motion made, and Question, That—(1) In section 37(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act (aggregation of wife's income with husband's) for the words "so far as it is income for a year...

      18. Taxation of Benefits from Employment (Income Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to income tax may be imposed in respect of benefits of any description derived from a person's employment or his being a director of a body...

      19. Taxation of Cash Vouchers (Income Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to income tax may be imposed by provisions postponing the coming into operation of section 37 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1975.—[Mr. Healey.]

      20. Corporation Tax (Charge and Rate for Financia Year 1975)

      Motion made, and Question, That corporation tax shall be charged for the financial year 1975 at the rate of 52 per cent.—[Mr. Healey.]

      21. Advance Corporation Tax (Rate for Financial Year 1976)

      Motion made, and Question, That the rate of advance corporation tax for the financial year 1976 shall be thirty-five sixty-fifths.—[Mr. Healey.]

      22. Corporation Tax (Small Companies)

      Motion made, and Question, That— (a) the small companies rate for the financial year 1975 shall be 42 per cent.; and(b) the fraction by which corporation tax charged on income is reduced...

      23. Corporation Tax (Authorised Unit Trusts and Investmen Trusts)

      Motion made, and Question, That the fraction by which, under section 93(2) of the Finance Act 1972, chargeable gains are to be reduced before they are for the purposes of corporation tax included...

      24. Capital Allowances (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to income tax and corporation tax may be imposed by provisions about capital allowances, including provisions having retrospective effect.—[Mr. Healey.]

      25. Close Companies (Corporation Tax and Income Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to corporation tax and income tax may be imposed by provisions relating to sections 286 and 287 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970.—[Mr....

      26. Appreciation in Value of Trading Stock (Income Tax an Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made for the recovery in certain circumstances of relief under new provisions in respect of increases in the value of trading stock and work in...

      27. Double Taxation (Ireland)

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to income and corporation tax may be imposed in connection with the implementation in 1976 of new arrangements with the Republic of Ireland for the...

      28. Foreign Interest and Dividends (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made to prevent receipts by non-residents of interest or dividends from outside the United Kingdom being excluded from trading income or profits...

      29. Foreign Underlying Tax on Company Profits (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made to restrict relief for foreign tax on profits underlying dividends.—[Mr. Healey.]

      30. Capital Gains

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to capital gains tax and corporation tax may be imposed by provisions— (a) increasing to £1,000 the £500 mentioned in section 57(1) and (2)...

      31. Capital Transfer Tax

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to capital transfer tax may be imposed by further provisions with respect to that tax.—[Mr. Healey.]

      32. Estate Duty

      Motion made, and Question, That charges to estate duty may be imposed by provisions with respect to section 40 of the Finance Act 1930 and section 2 of the Finance Act (Northern Ireland)...

      33. Stamp Duty (Exemption for Transfers of Loan Capital)

      Motion made, and Question, That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning on 17th May 1976 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2)...

      34. Stamp Duty (Jobbers)

      Motion made, and Question, That provision may be made for charging additional stamp duty on certain transfers to jobbers or their nominees.—[Mr. Healey.]

      35. 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 matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present...

  • 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...

  • Business of the House

    Ordered, That the consideration of Lords Amendments to Commons Amendments to the Rating (Caravan Sites) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with at this day's sitting, though opposed, until any...

  • Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid

    64 speeches

    10.42 p.m.

  • RATING (CARAVAN SITES) BILL [Lords]

    Lords Amendments to Commons Amendments agreed to.

    • Adjournment

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

  • Small Businesses (Greater London)

    6 speeches

    12.18 a.m.

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    Division Lists Nos. 108 to 110

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