Purchase Tax (Medicines)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the Purchase Tax on medicines inflicts hardship on people suffering from ill-health; and if he will seek powers for its abolition.

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester West

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will facilitate the introduction of the new National Health schemes by freeing all medicines, drugs and other articles necessary for the maintenance of health and hygiene from Purchase Tax with a view to enabling all sections of the public to avoid unnecessary recourse to doctors and dentists.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The hon. Members will not expect me to anticipate my Budget Statement.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

While agreeing that the answer is not altogether unexpected, may I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at least to say whether the wind is favourable?

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

When preparing his Budget, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that many people are obliged to have recourse to doctors and dentists because they have been using patent medicines?