§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. J. E. S. Simon)
I should like, with permission, to make a personal statement.
In answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro), on 6th March, I said that egg whisks were only subject to Purchase Tax if they were less than 12 inches long. This was perfectly correct, but in answer to a supplementary question by my hon. Friend I inadvertently contradicted this, when I said that the egg whisks used by housewives, by which, as I explained, I meant those under 12 inches long, were not subject to Purchase Tax.
I should like to express my regret for any misundertsanding I may have caused by this mistake in my supplementary answer.
§ Several Hon. Members rose—