CLAUSE 19.—(Exemption from stamp duties and court dues.)
Mr William Hall: Yes, Sir. But my right hon. Friend regrets that the amount of stamp duty work in Bradford does not justify an office there.
Mr Hugh Dalton: It is not intended that the Stamp Duty should fall upon those co-partnership shares. Perhaps we can pursue that better in Committee. It is not intended that they should be subject at all to this tax.
Mr Hartley Shawcross: I hesitate to answer that question because I have not all the information before me, but I do not think journalists pay any Stamp Duty, nor do dramatic critics.
Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Abolition of stamp duty and consequential amendments.)
Mr James Griffiths: The number of inspectors appointed is 764. The checking of stamp contributions is only one among many duties carried out by these officers. The number of prosecutions instituted since 5th July, 1948, for failure to pay contributions, including contributions due under the former Insurance schemes, is 320.
Mr Hector Hughes: Does not my right hon. and learned Friend think that this problem might at least be mitigated by some differential form of Stamp Duty? Is he aware that it has become a national scandal?
Stamp Duty (Evasion)
Mr Hugh Dalton: The payment of development charge is postponed while the house is occupied by a farm worker. If it ceases to be so occupied, the charge becomes payable. In order to postpone the charge, a stamp duty of 6d. is payable.
Stamp Duty on Conveyances
Mr Duncan Sandys: The last positive step taken by the Government in this connection was to reduce Stamp Duty on the purchase of new houses.
Mr Peter Thorneycroft: I wish to encourage home ownership so far as I can do so within the bounds of present credit policy. The reduction in the Stamp Duty on house purchase which was announced in the last Budget is evidence of the Government's attitude in this matter.
Share Transactions (Stamp Duty)
Mr Nigel Birch: The right hon. Member for Vauxhall (Mr. G. R. Strauss) was referring not to money paid out in shares but to money paid out in Stamp Duty and various other things.
House Purchase (Stamp Duty)
Mr Edward Du Cann: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the discussions between the Inland Revenue and the Post Office regarding the amount to be paid over by the Post Office in respect of 2d. receipt stamp-duty will be completed.
Mr Arthur Tiley: asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider introducing a standard size envelope and encourage its general use by giving it a reduction in postage stamp duty.
Stamp Duty (House Mortgages)