HC Deb 15 April 1954 vol 526 cc1316-7
7. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will resume the practice of the former Government and publish an illustrated pamphlet entitled, "The Budget and Your Pocket," explaining, in the simplest terms, what the Budget proposals will mean to the British taxpayer.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The usual Budget poster will be prepared as soon as the Finance Bill is enacted, and will be widely distributed.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that in the days of the Labour Government the Chancellor of the Exchequer used to publish an interesting booklet called "The Budget and your Pocket" which enabled ordinary people, like the hon. Gentleman the Member for Croydon, East (Sir H. Williams), who cannot understand the Economic Survey, to appreciate some facts about their national life? Also, does not the right hon. Gentleman think it would help the old-age pensioners to understand the position?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I think the explanation of my right hon. Friend's financial proposals, which he and others have given from this Box, are adequate to explain the admirable nature of those proposals.

Commander Donaldson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are some extraordinary people who would also like elucidation, such as the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes)?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I do my best to explain them to him, too.

Mr. Russell

Is it not a fact that the Budgets of the Labour Government needed much more explaining than the Budgets of my right hon. Friend?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Some of them, I think, defied explanation.