Tax System (Simplification)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Robert Sheldon Mr Robert Sheldon , Ashton-under-Lyne 12:00 am, 18th July 1967

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies he is making of the simplification of the tax system.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 7th March to the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas).—[Vol. 742, c. 1239–40.]

Photo of Mr Robert Sheldon Mr Robert Sheldon , Ashton-under-Lyne

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that there are pressures to increase the complexity of taxation to march hand in hand with the increasing complexity of industry, and will he do his utmost to resist these pressures, realising that it takes a great amount of energy in these matters just to stand still?

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

Every year, on the Finance Bill, Treasury Ministers spend a large part of their time resisting pressures for adding to the complexity of our tax system.