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Vat Notice (Use Of Envelopes)

Volume 887: debated on Monday 24 February 1975

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the notice sent out by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise reference number 19/74/VMC, relating to relief from VAT on wood logs, firewood and firelighters from 1st January 1975, was sent in a large-sized envelope; what was the cost of 632,000 of these envelopes; and what is the cost of 632,000 official envelopes of the smaller size in which the circular could have been despatched.

The envelopes used were the only ones available that were suitable for machine processing; they cost £2,528. Had the smallest sized suitable envelopes been available they would have cost roughly £1,600.