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National Health Service

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the extra cost to the National Health Service in Scotland of the increase in value added tax from 8 per cent. to 15 per cent. in a full year.

It is estimated that the increase in VAT will add about £8 million—at November 1978 prices—or 0·9 per cent. to the cost of the National Health Service in Scotland in a full year.