School Fees (Tax Relief)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th October 1952.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 12:00 am, 30th October 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from interested bodies in connection with proposals to grant Income Tax relief in respect of school fees and what reply he has made.

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

My right hon. Friend has not received any formal representations from interested bodies on this topic.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs

But did not the Chancellor, at a recent meeting in Edinburgh, indicate that he intended to meet bodies on this topic, and was that report wrong or does he so intend?

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

What the hon. Gentleman asked was whether my right hon. Friend had received representations from interested bodies. He did not ask for, nor could I have given him, a prophecy as to the future.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs

Are we to take it then, that if the right hon. Gentleman meets the governing bodies, it will be at his instance and not as a result of their request?

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

That is a hypothetical question.