Luxury Restaurants.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 17th February 1942.

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Photo of Commander William King-Hall Commander William King-Hall , Ormskirk

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a wasteful expenditure of money is taking place in luxury restaurants; and whether he proposes to take any steps to direct this expenditure into channels more useful to the prosecution of the war and less harmful to the principle of equality of sacrifice?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Food has imposed restrictions on the supply of rationed foods to luxury as to other restaurants. If my hon. Friend has in mind the use of taxation for restricting this type of luxury expenditure, I would remind him that existing taxation, and in particular provisions made in my last get, have no doubt had a restricting effect. As regards further action, my hon. Friend will not expect me to anticipate my Budget statement.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider a suggestion I have made that all meals above a certain price should pay a heavy tax?

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in many West End restaurants scores of people are paying 20s. for a meal, and should not that be stopped?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Could not a maximum price for meals be fixed?