HC Deb 15 April 1954 vol 526 c1317
8. Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what receipts he had in 1953 for entertainment tax on Highland games.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

About £6,000.

Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

In view of the fact that it is a very small amount, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a number of the smaller Highland communities are unable to carry on their Highland games this year, and will he weight this comparatively small sum against the damage to the Highland cultural interests and also to the tourist industry?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

My right hon. Friend has had representations on this subject. It is the fact that under the existing law some of these games are able to qualify for exemption, but some are not. However, the representations of my noble Friend will be borne in mind.

Mr. Dodds

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the mock auctioneers made greater profits at the Highland games last year than in any other part of Britain?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I do not see anything about mock auctioneers in this Question.

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