HC Deb 08 August 1940 vol 364 cc428-70

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

4.41 p.m.

Mr. Denville (Newcastle-on-Tyne, Central)

I view with horror the method by which this Clause has been introduced into the Finance Bill. Only a few moments ago we were discussing the Privileges of this House, and I would point out to the Chancellor of the Exchequer that, in regard to the Entertainments Duty, the information was known outside this House long before hon. Members knew that there was to be an in creased imposition on the living theatre. Certain parties were consulted, and it was within the knowledge of the Chancellor of the Exchequer or his office that in this House there is a Parliamentary Committee which has been dealing with this matter for a long time, the chairman of that Committee being the hon. and gallant Member for West Birkenhead (Colonel Sandeman Allen). The Parliamentary Committee were ignorant of the proposal. They have not been consulted and there has been nothing done in the matter. It is not that we expect hon. Members of this House to be consulted with regard to taxes that are to be imposed. It would hardly be fair. At the same time—

4.42 p.m.

Whereupon The YEOMAN USHER OF THE BLACK ROD being come with a Message, The CHAIRMAN left the Chair

Mr. SPEAKER resumed the Chair.

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