§ 50 and 51. Mr. DUNCAN
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether there would be any administrative difficulty if a rebate of tax were allowed in respect of the petrol used by the dyeing and cleaning industry;
(2) the estimated loss to the Exchequer if a rebate of 100 per cent. were allowed in respect of the tax on petrol used in the dyeing and cleaning industry?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Hore-Belisha)
The administrative difficulty of guarding the revenue against the possible abuse of such a rebate as my hon. Friend suggests would be considerable. In any event it would be impossible to justify allowing it to the dyeing and cleaning industry and not to the numerous other industries that use petrol. I regret that official figures are not available to enable an estimate to be made of the cost of such a rebate.