Selective Employment Tax

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1970.

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Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South 12:00 am, 20th January 1970

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has now received the initial findings of Professor Reddaway about the selective employment tax; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend received Professor Reddaway's initial report, which deals with the distributive trades, on 12th January. The report will be published as soon as possible. The Chancellor will review the tax and its working carefully in the light of the findings. My right hon. Friend and I should like to take this opportunity of thanking Professor Reddaway and his staff for the immense amount of work which has gone into the preparation of the report.

Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his gratitude to Professor Reddaway is echoed on this side of the House? Can he give an assurance that the initial findings will be published before the Budget?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's remarks. I assure him that there will be a sufficient number of copies placed in the Library so that all hon. Members may have access to the document.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw , Liverpool Toxteth

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this tax is affecting some areas of the country adversely and that particularly on Merseyside the unemployment figures are still well above the national average? Will the Government be prepared to adjust the tax in some areas until the unemployment figures are brought down to the national average?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

Whether my hon. Friend's analysis is completely persuasive is a matter for consideration, but certainly he will not expect me to give any indication of what my right hon. Friend may care to do in his Budget.

Photo of Mr Leslie Spriggs Mr Leslie Spriggs , St Helens

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the employers and trade unions which have made representations to him for the abolition of selective employment tax, the nature of the representations, and the nature of his replies.

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

With permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of employers' organisations and trade unions which have made representations to us since the last Budget asking for the abolition of the tax. Most of them were concerned about the position of small businesses. In our replies we emphasised the disadvantages of the practical alternatives to S.E.T.

Photo of Mr Leslie Spriggs Mr Leslie Spriggs , St Helens

If my right hon. Friend is given evidence that the S.E.T. has a bad affect upon wages in the distributive industry, will he consider it in relation to that industry?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

I am prepared to con sider anything my hon. Friend cares to put before me.

Following is the list:

  • Bath Chamber of Commerce
  • Battle & District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Birkenhead Chamber of Commerce.
  • Blackpool Chamber of Trade.
  • Bowness on Windermere Chamber of Trade.
  • Broadmead & District Trades Association, Bristol.
  • Bromley (Kent) Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chesterfield & District Chamber of Trade.
  • Cleethorpes & District Chamber of Trade Coventry Chamber of Commerce.
  • Fordingbridge & District Chamber of Trade.
  • Hayes & Harlington Chamber of Trade.
  • Hereford & District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Horbury Chamber of Trade, Wakefield.
  • Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce.
  • Grimsby & District Chamber of Trade.
  • Hemel Hempstead & District Chamber of Trade.
  • Horticultural Trades Association.
  • Hythe Chamber of Commerce.
  • Incorporated Guild of Hairdressers, Wigmakers & Perfumers.
  • Institution of Business Agents.
  • Jarrow & Hebburn Chamber of Trade.
  • Lyme Regis & District Hotels & Restaurants Association.
  • Macclesfield Chamber of Trade.
  • Medway Chamber of Commerce.
  • National Hairdressers' Federation.
  • National Union of Small Shopkeepers.
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme Chamber of Trade.
  • Newham Chamber of Commerce.
  • Newton Abbot & District Trades Council.
  • Northwood & Pinner Chamber of Trade.
  • Penzance Chamber of Commerce.
  • Potters Bar Chamber of Commerce.
  • Purley & District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Retail Confectioners Association (Bournemouth).
  • Retail Fruit Trade Federation Limited.
  • Rochdale & District Chamber of Trade.
  • Romford & District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Chamber of Commerce
  • Rye Chamber of Trade.
  • South Lakeland Licensed Victuallers Association.
  • South Norwood & District Chamber of Commerce & Trade.
  • Thurrock Chamber of Trade.
  • Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers.
  • Uxbridge Chamber of Trade & Commerce.
  • Waltham Abbey Chamber of Commerce.
  • Washington Chamber of Trade, Co. Durham.
  • Wickford & District Chamber of Trade & Industry.