Public Firework Parties
Mr Anthony Crosland: ...types of commercial buildings which are just as important to the country, or indirectly to the balance of payments, as are some factory buildings. It would be hard to say that a factory producing fireworks, or sweets, which create dental decay, is more important to the country than commercial buildings earning invisible exports and thus saving the balance of payments. It seems...
Mr Gilbert Mitchison: I always wait to see, when an Amendment of this kind is before the Committee, whether it represents a serious division of opinion in the Tory Party or whether it is one of those fireworks which are let off in the course of the Finance Bill without the intention of having much effect or doing much injury. I think that, on the whole, this is in the latter category; although we wait with...
Fireworks and Bonfires (Accidents)
Mrs Patricia McLaughlin: Would my hon. Friend not agree that this is a much more satisfactory exercise for young people to undertake than many of those which they undertake with fireworks, which they are not prevented from doing, and which is much more dangerous?
Sir Austen Albu: ...last debate by the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hall Green (Mr. Aubrey Jones). I was sorry that the right hon. Member was not here. We missed him in this debate very much. We were expecting fireworks from him. The hon. Member for Morecambe and Lonsdale (Mr. de Ferranti) did not provide the fireworks which we had expected after this publication which we have all read with such...
Mr Gilbert Mitchison: ...to attend to the provision of this tax would add a bit more on. They always do. We had exactly the same point the other day when the Tory Party, not having yet suffered from by-elections, chose fireworks as a suitable item to tax. I suppose they are a bit more shy about fireworks now and they have come down at long last to soft drinks. What is the object of this? Is it in aid of the...
Mr Gilbert Mitchison: ...been hunting for new things on which to put Purchase Tax. and some of their efforts are really quaint. The last couple that I had to deal with were taking tax off garden mowers and putting it on to fireworks. We had quite a lively debate about it. This is the same sort of thing. The Government go hunting round for something on which to put Purchase Tax, and I agree with the comments that...
Mr Charles Loughlin: ...of the pack—nothing else. The only thing it proposes to do is to extend Purchase Tax to kiddies' lollipops, orange juice, and confectionery. Not long ago we spent some time talking about the fireworks Order which imposed a 25 per cent. tax on a penny banger. Now the Chancellor proposes to put 15 per cent. Purchase Tax on a penny liquorice stick. Hon. Gentlemen opposite may not know...
Mr Emrys Hughes: ...to have additional expenditure on the Aldershot Tattoo. I suppose it is quite a human thing for an hon. Member to put forward a case why the Government should produce something akin to a display of fireworks in his constituency.
Orders of the Day — Purchase Tax (Fireworks)
Sir Gerald Nabarro: ...cutters and lawn mowers from Purchase Tax; and what compensatory revenue benefits will derive in equivalent financial years from the imposition, also announced by him recently, of Purchase Tax on fireworks and why such Purchase Tax action was taken simultaneously for fireworks, grass cutters and lawn mowers.