Public Schools (Tax Rebates)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 7th March 1967

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax rebates have been made to public schools in each of the years 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966; and what is the estimate for 1967.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

I regret that this information is not available.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Does my hon. and learned Friend agree, if it were necessary to have to agree, that by no stretch of the imagination can these exclusive institutions be described as charities and that the Government should give early priority to defining the meaning of a charity in law?

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

That is a separate question, not for my right hon. Friend. It would be an invidious task for my right hon. Friend to have to pick and choose between different charities.

Photo of Mr Evelyn King Mr Evelyn King , South Dorset

Whatever may be the social arguments, is it not abundantly clear on financial grounds that these schools save the taxpayers far more than the schools could ever get in rebates?