§ 42. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the prejudicial effect of the entertainments tax on football; and if he will now take steps to exempt football from this tax.
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Henry Brooke)
I cannot anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the wide support there is for 608 this urgent, practical and sensible reform, and will he take steps to implement it before the Government go out of office at the coming General Election?
§ Mr. Brooke
I am not called upon to answer about forthcoming General Elections. I understand that some hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies have already been to see the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter, and that the Economic Secretary is to receive a deputation from the Football Association, and I have received another representing the clubs playing under another code. So the Government are not ill informed on the subject.
Does the hon. Gentleman not think it very much better to have a tax on capital gains rather than such a severe tax on the most popular game in the country?