§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Douglas Jay)
I cannot anticipate my right hon. and learned Friend's Budget statement.
§ Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite
While realising that the hon. Gentleman cannot disclose what will be said on 18th April, may I ask if he can give an assurance that this year there will be adequate facilities for discussion of the Purchase Tax during the Committee stage of the Finance Bill?
§ Mr. W. Fletcher
Does the hon. Gentleman think that this difference is forcing people to take the "chance of a lifetime"?
§ Mr. Speaker
That question relates to the tax as a whole, whereas the Question on the Paper deals only with pin tables, roulette boards and similar articles.
§ Sir John Mellor
As the Treasury has power to make this reduction by Statutory Order, does the hon. Gentleman think it quite fair to give the stock answer about not anticipating the Budget?