asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to state in full the commodities upon which Purchase Tax is now levied; and the amount of tax on each article or group of articles named.
The commodities chargeable with Purchase Tax are specified in Part I of the Eighth Schedule to the Finance Act, 1948. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy on which the rate of tax now chargeable has been inserted against each item.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in his considerations of a scheme for meeting retailers' losses following a Purchase Tax reduction, he will consider the advisability of making Purchase Tax changes at other times than Budget time, thereby eliminating public anticipation.
I will consider this as well as other suggestions put forward.