HC Deb 04 June 1946 vol 423 cc1807-8
63. Mr. Lever

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will allow doc- tors in public or hospital employment to charge money expended on current medical literature as an expense against taxable earnings, in view of the fact that doctors in private practice may do so.

Mr. Dalton

This would require a change in the law. I am looking into the question, but cannot, at present, make any promise.

Mr. Lever

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the danger of creating a precedent by attempting to bring the revenue into line with commonsense is not a solid reason why this illogical discrimination should continue between private doctors and doctors in public employment?

Mr. Dalton

My hon. Friend a little stresses the simplicity of this matter. It is a little more complicated than his question suggests and he will make some progress if he will read the answer I have given. Whether I am to give further remissions, remains to be seen.