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Purchase Tax

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that many items, such as suspensory bandages and eye-baths, in the Schedule of surgical appliances for the National Health Service are still subject to Purchase Tax; and if he will take steps to free them from this impost.

I cannot anticipate my right hon. and learned Friend's Budget Statement.

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that it is an anomalous position at present? While drugs and medicines in the Schedule were relieved of Purchase Tax, it appears that, quite accidentally, accessories such as surgical appliances are still liable to tax.

Nevertheless, I cannot anticipate the Budget Statement of my right hon. and learned Friend.

Is it necessary for the Budget Statement to be anticipated? Cannot such a matter be dealt with by statutory order?