HC Deb 06 May 1958 vol 587 c1027
56. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue he estimates he will receive from the Purchase Tax on electric and gas fires and oil heaters; and how much of this he estimates will be obtained by the tax on oil heaters.

Mr. Amory

About £4½ million in 1958–59 of which oil heaters account for about £1½ million.

Mr. Ridsdale

Is the Chancellor aware that the proposed tax on oil heaters will fall chiefly upon those hardest hit by inflation and rising prices and those who cannot afford the ever-increasing cost of coal, gas and electricity? Could he not look at the tax on oil heaters again to see if he could help that deserving section?

Mr. Amory

The object of this was to remove anomalies and the discrimination against electric and gas heaters, but we shall have an opportunity shortly of discussing all these matters.

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