Wireless and Television Sets (Tax)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1951.

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Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Govan 12:00 am, 24th July 1951

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will free from Purchase Tax, wireless and television sets purchased by approved societies for the use, on loan, of housebound persons of insufficient means.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

No, Sir. I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the very similar request of the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Hirst) on 3rd July.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Govan

But is the Chancellor aware that the cost to the Exchequer of this small concession would be less than £1,000 a year? Would not this bring happiness to many people without creating a precedent or upsetting the economy of the country?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

While not disputing the first part of the hon. Member's supplementary question, I must remind him that we have to consider the implications of a policy of giving exemptions from Purchase Tax in all sorts of directions.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon East

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether Purchase Tax is paid on motor cars used by Ministers and, if so, who pays it?