Purchase Tax

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1948.

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Photo of Sir Isaac Pitman Sir Isaac Pitman , Bath 12:00 am, 29th April 1948

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost in a full year of exempting stationery from Purchase Tax.

Photo of Sir Isaac Pitman Sir Isaac Pitman , Bath

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the net annual cost of exempting stationery from Purchase Tax after deducting the increase in expenditure by central and local government due to the Purchase Tax on station cry so purchased and after deducting the decrease in revenue from Income Tax, Surtax and Profits Tax due to the Purchase Tax on stationery being chargeable against profits liable to such taxes.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

This information is not available.

Photo of Sir Isaac Pitman Sir Isaac Pitman , Bath

Is the Financial Secretary aware that 96 per cent. of such stationery, by volume and by value, is sold to Government, or quasi-Government, bodies, and to firms who are bearing taxes of that nature, and the working out of an estimate is not particularly difficult?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

If the hon. Gentleman knows the answer, I wonder why he put the Question down.

Photo of Sir Isaac Pitman Sir Isaac Pitman , Bath

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total cost to the nation in a full year for collecting Purchase Tax on stationery, not only to His Majesty's Customs and Excise, but also to the manufacturers and suppliers of stationery who collect and pay it.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

This information is not available.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is satisfied that the increase to 100 per cent. in the Purchase Tax on gas water-heaters will not result in a greater proportionate consumption of solid fuel; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

It is hoped that the tax will deter the installation of appliances which make fresh demands on our limited gas supplies. There will be the opportunity for any statement that the House may require when the proposals in the Finance Bill are under discussion.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

Could the Minister say whether that view is shared by the Minister of Fuel and Power?

Photo of Sir Martin Lindsay Sir Martin Lindsay , Solihull

Will the Minister explain why these items are regarded as luxuries, since people have to have hot water, when refrigerators are taxed at only 33⅓ per cent.?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

These are matters that can be better discussed when we reach the Committee stage of the Finance Bill.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

Does that reply take into account the fact that gas is being produced from solid fuel in this country?