HC Deb 12 June 1945 vol 411 c1456
51. Mr. Hynd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is prepared to consider release of post-war income tax credits in special cases of hardship.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)

As I have explained on more than one occasion, I am afraid that I cannot see my way to make exceptional arrangements such as the hon. Member suggests.

Mr. Hynd

Will the right hon. Gentleman not give consideration to this point, in view of the very small number of very special cases, for example of old age pensioners who are trying to make a meagre living, and cannot avail themselves of the necessary equipment because this money is tied up?

Sir J. Anderson

My answer is based on a consideration of practicability. Once you started admitting special cases, there would be no end to it.

Mr. Shinwell

In view of the inspired statements about the reduction in Income Tax if a Tory Government should come into power, why cannot the right hon. Gentleman tell us what he is going to do about post-war credits?

Sir J. Anderson

I have not been inspiring any statements.

Mr. Shinwell

Then are we to understand that the statements which have been appearing have no foundation whatever?

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

We have got far enough from the Question.