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New Clause — (Revised rates of Entertainment Duty.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1947.

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Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Holderness 12:00 am, 16th June 1947

Naturally we are disappointed with the right hon. Gentleman's reply; but as the Committee have had a long day, and as it is advisable, I think, that we should be in a position to start tomorrow on a more important matter, we do not intend to put the Committee to the trouble and time of a Division. But I would just say this. I think the right hon. Gentleman should have had some consultation with his right hon. colleague the Minister of Fuel and Power before he delivered his reply; because when we were in the fuel crisis the Minister was at great pains to impress upon us that it was entirely due to the war. We are now seeking to expend the concession that the Government told us was one of the consequences of the war. The right hon. Gentleman the Financial1 Secretary has discarded that, for the time being. We shall not be unmindful' of that when his colleague appears on one of his black Fridays at the Despatch Box. However, if I may use a phrase we so often hear from the Chancellor, we intend to look at this again, and hope to put something down on Report stage that may be more acceptable to the Government. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the new Clause.