Mr George Hall: I think that is a matter with which the Ministry of Town and Country Planning would deal.
Mr George Hall: As the hon. Member may have seen, the Chairman of the Commission has recently stated publicly that if there is no unforeseen obstacle the report will be received almost at once.
Mr George Hall: Most certainly; as soon as it is possible.
Mr George Hall: No, Sir, it would be contrary to established practice to publish correspondence of this nature.
Mr George Hall: I think the public knows, or would if it read HANSARD. There was a Debate on this matter when Cable and Wireless were taken over and a very full statement was made to the House as to what the Dominions thought.
Mr George Hall: All private cars are chargeable with Purchase Tax whether or not adapted for the use of the disabled, and I could not make an exception for one particular car. Invalid carriages are exempt from tax.
Mr George Hall: The difficulty is to know to what use a particular car is to be put when it is sold, and it is at that stage that this tax is levied.
Mr George Hall: No, Sir, not at present.
Mr George Hall: This matter was dealt with in connection with cognate matters when the Finance Bill was before the House; good reasons have been given on more than one occasion why this particular action cannot be taken, and I cannot add to what has been said.
Mr George Hall: It was not a poster, but a Press advertisement; it was not prematurely withdrawn, but ran its scheduled course.
Mr George Hall: My advice is that the Ministry of Town and Country Planning did no such thing, but that the matter was wrongly reported in the Press.
Mr George Hall: No, Sir, but if my hon. Friend will send me particulars of any case which he has in mind in which inconvenience has been caused by this method of payment, I shall be pleased to look into it.
Mr George Hall: The trouble is that when they are made negotiable in the sense suggested by my hon. Friend it opens the door to fraud. We desire to make these payments, so far as the Revenue is concerned, as secure as possible. This is a practice which has been in existence for many years and about which there have been few complaints.
Mr George Hall: A note is sent with every cheque indicating to each recipient just how he or she can get it cashed and, as I have said, we have had very few complaints.
Mr George Hall: The position remains as stated by my right hon. Friend in his answer to the hon. Member's Question on 20th June last.
Mr George Hall: My right hon Friend's exact words were: I hope early next Session."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th June, 1946; Vol. 424, c. 388.] The next Session has not yet come.
Mr George Hall: My right hon. Friend has called for reports covering the country generally, including the ground mentioned.
Mr George Hall: I am hopeful that it will take place in the middle of August.
Mr George Hall: It is remarkable that we should have a two days' Debate on the question of Palestine with so little political feeling displayed, so many constructive speeches made and so much agreement as to the policy before the House. The Debate will encourage His Majesty's Government to go forward, we trust with the full cooperation of the Government of the United States, to get the conference going as...
Mr George Hall: That is the agreement we hope for between ourselves and the United States of America.