§ 17. Mr. Crouch
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will remove Purchase Tax from dry batteries used in wireless sets.
§ Mr. Crouch
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the injustice which is inflicted on people living in the countryside where there is no means of using mains electricity? They pay Purchase Tax on wireless sets the same as on the ordinary 843 mains set, but every time a battery runs down they have to pay the additional Purchase Tax which people with an all-mains set do not have to pay.
§ Mr. Butler
I have been fully informed on that, but that does not alter the fact that on this question of taxation I cannot now make any statement.
§ Mr. Shurmer
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many thousands of old people living in almshouses have no electrical installation and have to buy batteries for their sets? Poor people who are living where there is still no electrical installation and old age pensioners are very hard hit by this.