HC Deb 02 March 1948 vol 448 cc208-9
57. Mr. Lipson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the Purchase Tax on medicines inflicts hardship on people suffering from ill-health; and if he will seek powers for its abolition.

58. Mr. Janner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will facilitate the introduction of the new National Health schemes by freeing all medicines, drugs and other articles necessary for the maintenance of health and hygiene from Purchase Tax with a view to enabling all sections of the public to avoid unnecessary recourse to doctors and dentists.

Sir S. Cripps

The hon. Members will not expect me to anticipate my Budget Statement.

Mr. Lipson

While agreeing that the answer is not altogether unexpected, may I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at least to say whether the wind is favourable?

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir.

Mr. Keeling

When preparing his Budget, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that many people are obliged to have recourse to doctors and dentists because they have been using patent medicines?

Sir S. Cripps

Yes, Sir.