Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the Purchase Tax (Exemptions) (No. 5) Order, 1946 (S.R. & O., 1946, No. 1482), dated 4th September, 1946, made by the Treasury under the Finance (No. 2) Act, 194o, a copy of which Order was presented on 8th October. be approved."—[Mr. Glenvil Hall.]
§ 1.48 p.m.
§ Mr. Keeling (Twickenham)
When this exemption was requested during the Report stage of the Finance Bill, I mentioned that the Purchase Tax on the miniature of the Victoria Cross was over 8s., on the miniature of a Distinguished Service Order £2, and on the miniature of a Campaign Star 6s. That is a substantial burden on a multi-medalled ex-Serviceman. These miniatures are increasingly being worn, largely owing to the initiative of the London County Council and other Socialist councils in putting on their invitations "Evening dress and decorations." That initiative I very cordially welcome. I should like to thank the Chancellor of the Exchequer for having accepted my proposal that those who have served their country in the field, and especially those who have distinguished themselves, should be exempted from Purchase Tax on the miniatures of the emblems of that service.
§ Question put, and agreed to.