HC Deb 08 February 1934 vol 285 cc1296-7

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the net trading loss of the Manchester Hippodrome and Ardwick Empire, Limited, for the last financial year amounted to £4,224 16s. 9d., while the Entertainments Duty paid by them was £16,581 12s. 3d.; and whether steps will be taken to review the incidence of the Entertainments Duty in connection with the forthcoming Budget in view of the fact that it is collected at present whether the place of entertainment makes a profit or a loss?


I have noted the information given by my hon. Friend in the first part of the question. As to the latter part, my right hon. Friend cannot be expected to anticipate his Budget statement.


Will my hon. Friend bear in mind, with a view to some relief being given, the serious loss and consequent unemployment now being caused in the theatrical industry?


Certainly, my right hon. Friend will bear in mind all that my hon. Friend has said.

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