Selective Employment Tax

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1970.

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Photo of Mr Robert Sheldon Mr Robert Sheldon , Ashton-under-Lyne 12:00 am, 17th February 1970

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he proposes in the selective employment tax as a result of the report of Professor Reddaway.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the date for the publication of the Reddaway Report on selective employment tax; and what section of the service and distributive trades the report will cover.

Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he now proposes to issue a statement about the effect of selective employment tax in Scotland arising from Professor Reddaway's report.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

Professor Reddaway's first report will be published in the first week of March. It covers the effects of S.E.T. on the wholesale and retail distributive trades. Any major changes in the operation of the tax would be a matter for the Budget.

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

I welcome that news, but has my hon. Friend yet had a chance of perusing the report? Secondly, will the full details of the report, together with the views of the Treasury, be available before the Budget, or before a possible debate on this important matter?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes". In reply to the second part of the question, I must ask my hon. Friend to await the Budget.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

I thank my hon. Friend for giving the date of the appearance of the report, but is not he aware that action was taken in the last Budget in relation to selective employment tax without there being a report? Cannot we look at the Reddaway Report against the background of the purposes for which it was intended, and do something before the Budget without necessarily involving a change in the tax?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

I am at one with my hon. Friend on the first part of the question. We should look at the Reddaway Report and weigh all that it has to say, but in the circumstances I do not think I can add further to the prospect of steps being taken.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Could the Minister of State say whether it is the Chancellor's present intention to make a statement to the House at the time of publication?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

No, it is not his present intention.