HC Deb 15 December 1953 vol 522 cc181-2
17. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has considered the fact that the cost of living is greatly affected by the tax on petrol and oil; and if he will consider the reduction of this tax for the next Budget.

Mr. R. A. Butler

My hon. and gallant Friend will not expect me to anticipate my Budget statement.

Brigadier Clarke

Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that a reduction of this tax would greatly help in reducing the cost of living?

Mr. Butler

I also realise that a reduction in any other tax would reduce the cost of living.

Mr. Jay

In the interest of industrial peace, cannot the Chancellor give an undertaking now not to take any action in his Budget which will tend to raise living costs still further?

Mr. Butler

It would be quite a good thing if the people involved realised that living costs have been kept stable for the best part of the past year.

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