HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2371-2
57. Mr. Piratin

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the increasing difficulties which the fur trade is meeting in selling utility fur garments for export; and whether he will assist the trade by exempting such utility fur garments from Purchase Tax.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I am aware that the sale of fur garments abroad is less easy than it was, but my right hon. Friend cannot see his way to making any further adjustment of the Purchase Tax rating.

Mr. Piratin

While I appreciate the fact that it was only a couple of weeks since the Purchase Tax on these garments was reduced to 33⅓ per cent., nevertheless, this Purchase Tax injures the export trade, and will not the Financial Secretary reconsider—taking his time over it—the exemption of these goods from Purchase Tax?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

It can hardly injure the export trade directly because the export trade does not pay Purchase Tax.