HC Deb 08 December 1953 vol 521 cc1800-1
50. Mrs. Mann

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will remove or reduce Purchase Tax on repair fittings for umbrellas; and if he will end the anomaly whereby ends on all men's umbrellas are tax free, whilst 95 per cent. of the ends on ladies' umbrellas carry tax at 75 per cent.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I will bear these suggestions in mind.

Mrs. Mann

And would the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind the other suggestion among those I have made to him today concerning women, namely, to go and do his own shopping?

Mr. Butler

As under the present Govternment the restoration of consumer choice to housewives has at least become possible, the hon. Lady should be satisfied.