HC Deb 13 February 1956 vol 548 c2056
29. Mr. Albu

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what financial inducements he is now considering to persuade domestic users to install fuel-saving heating appliances.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

I am not persuaded that special financial assistance, beyond that provided for in the Clean Air Bill, would at present lead to any significant saving in the domestic use of solid fuel.

Mr. Albu

Does the Minister support the policy of removing Purchase Tax on appliances which save fuel? If that is the case, will he direct the Chancellor's attention to the fact that there is a very high level of Purchase Tax on the domestic heat pump, an apparatus which will produce three or four units of useful energy for one equivalent unit of electrical energy employed? Will he tell the Chancellor that the tax is having a very serious effect on the production of the apparatus?

Mr. Jones

I should like to have notice of that question. I am not aware that solid fuel appliances are subject to Purchase Tax.