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Entertainments Duty (Cinemas, Rural Areas)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Mrs. White:

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cinemas he estimates will benefit from his proposal to raise the population for the rural area exemption limit from 2,000 to 3,000.

Mrs. White:

As this is the only gesture made by the Chancellor towards the small cinemas, does he not think it is rather inadequate, and has he taken into account the possibility of increasing the population density as well as the total number in the area?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I think it is a contribution to include genuinely rural areas, but if we extend it much further we shall get away from rural areas into small urban districts as well, which is not the main purpose of this exemption.