Officers' Uniforms (Purchase Tax)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Hewlett Mr Thomas Hewlett , Manchester Exchange

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of his recent decision to remove the Purchase Tax from utility clothing, he will now consider extending this concession to the uniforms of officers in the Services?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

No, Sir. I am afraid that I could not agree to adopt this suggestion; I do not think that the concessions made for utility clothing would justify a reversal of the decision previously reached with regard to uniforms.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is the abolition of the Purchase Tax a bribe to induce people to buy utility clothing?