Nurses' Aprons (Purchase Tax)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether arrangements have now been made to exempt nurses' aprons from Purchase Tax.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

No, Sir. This matter is still under consideration and I regret I have no statement to make at the moment.

Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus

As I hope that this matter will be decided during the Recess, will my hon. Friend make a public statement as soon as there is a decision?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Obviously any adjustment of tax would require public announcement, otherwise people might go on paying too much.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

Can the hon. Gentleman say why he has taken so long to make up his mind on this matter; or is this just usual Government delay?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I do not know whether the hon. Member has ever attempted to define a nurses' apron. It is an intellectual exercise not without difficulty.