Pharmacists (Selective Employment Tax)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Philip Holland Mr Philip Holland , Carlton 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Health whether he will ensure by administrative means that any Selective Employment Tax paid in respect of pharmacists employed for the purpose of dispensing prescriptions under the National Health Service will be refunded in full through the system of chemists' remuneration.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. David Howell) on 21st June.

Photo of Mr Philip Holland Mr Philip Holland , Carlton

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give a firm assurance at this stage? Can he envisage administrative means of achieving this without creating anomalies between one chemist and another?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I told the hon. Member for Guildford that there is an inquiry into dispensing costs of retail chemists in progress. In the course of this inquiry we shall consider whether any adjustment in remuneration is called for either because of the Selective Employment Tax or for any other reason.