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Railway Season Ticket-Holders (Tax Relief)

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 14 December 1965

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider granting tax relief to those who travel between their residence and place of work in respect of the cost of railway season tickets purchased for this purpose, so that the strain on urban roads may be reduced.

Will the hon. Gentleman look at this matter again, as a very effective method of persuading people to take to the railways and relieve the roads? Is not the carrot better than the stick?

Whatever may be the argument in support of what the hon. and learned Gentleman is properly putting forward, the method of dealing with it is not by creating greater anomalies in the Income Tax system.

Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that one solution would be to provide tax relief for those who co-operate in staggering hours?