Nevertheless, recalling the speech of the then Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Member for Belper (Mr. George Brown) in 1967, will the Chief Secretary reaffirm what was implied in that statement, namely, that if we join the Common Market the Government will then accept the value-added tax or something similar?
No, Sir. I am always anxious to be as helpful to the House as I can, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that he might just as well ask me what would be produced by an income tax, a selective employment tax or any other tax he cared to name. It depends entirely on the rates and the coverage, as I have indicated.