Scottish Opera and National Orchestra Societies

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an estimate of the amount of Selective Employment Tax to be paid in a year by the Scottish Opera Society and the Scottish National Orchestra Society, respectively.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Approximately £1,600 by the Scottish Opera Society and £6,000 by the Scottish National Orchestra.

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that he will do his best to see that this money is restored to those two bodies which have been responsible, as I am sure he will agree, for a most wonderful musical renaissance in Scotland?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I know the value to Scotland of these two bodies, and it may be that they will benefit from consideration being given to the possibility of relief from the tax for charities, as announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.