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Sanitary Protection: VAT

HM Treasury written question – answered on 15th March 2016.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made to date on negotiating with the European institutions for permission to apply a zero-rate of VAT on women's sanitary products.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

I have written to the European Commission and other Member States setting out our strong view that Member States should have full discretion over what rate of VAT they can apply to these products, and that this should be considered in the context of the Commission’s Action Plan on VAT.

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