Since the appointment of the Committee to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers, 238 plays have been granted exemption from Entertainments Duty under Section 1 (5) (d) of the Finance (New Duties) Act, 1916. The number of plays refused exemption in the same period is 216. I am sending lists of the titles of both these categories of plays to my hon. and gallant Friend.
Is it not a fact that some of the theatres which are enjoying this exemption are still charging the public exactly the same price for the seats as the public are being charged in theatres where the tax is being paid?
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of issuing a list of the plays already in existence, which will be exempt, so that it will be unnecessary for them to make application?