HC Deb 03 April 1952 vol 498 c1907
68. Mr. Richard Wood

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has yet reached a satisfactory scheme which will protect the trader when Purchase Tax is reduced or removed.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am afraid not. The position remains as stated by my right hon. Friend in reply to a Question on 18th March by the hon. Member for Eccles (Mr. Proctor).

Mr. Wood

Has my hon. Friend reason to be pessimistic or optimistic about the result?

Mr. Ellis Smith

Ask the "Express."

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am always optimistic.