HC Deb 23 November 1954 vol 533 c1033
16. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of granting the cheap tobacco concession to all people living on superannuation.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have no figures on which to form such an estimate.

Mr. Thomas

Is the Chancellor aware that there is real discontent because people on small pensions are not allowed the little concession of cheaper tobacco? Will he consider this matter to see if he can help in these cases?

Mr. Butler

The hon. Member asked me a Question about figures. I would rather not give him an answer on policy, except to say that this concession, as my predecessors, even those on the other other side of the House, know, is by no means a small concession. It is a very considerable concession, and one which is very difficult to administer.