§ 6. Mr. Osborne
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the fact that although the National Coal Board made no provisions for taxation for the years 1947, 1948, 1952 and 1957, over £19,500,000 have been reserved for taxation in other years; and why the Board's taxation liabilities have not yet been finally determined by the Inland Revenue for any year since the vesting date.
§ Mr. Osborne
If private industry copied nationalised industries and paid nothing towards the maintenance of the Welfare State, how much would have to be added, say, to taxation on beer and tobacco and to Purchase Tax?
Mr. H. Wilson
Can the hon. and learned Gentleman say how much of the expenditure on the Welfare State, not least on industrial injuries, is due to the fact that industries which had to be nationalised have left a scar of very heavy expenditure for many years to come?