§ 16. Mr. Boyden
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why Dictol vaccine, licensed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the protection of cattle against husk, and proved to be a success in curing this disease, which costs the British farming industry several millions of £ sterling per annum, is liable to Purchase Tax.
This vaccine has been exempted from tax by the Purchase Tax (No. 2) Order, 1960, which came into force on Friday, 18th March.
§ Mr. Boyden
Can the right hon. Gentleman explain why it was that, on 19th February, he wrote to me to say that there wasas yet insufficient knowledge of the efficacy of the vaccine under general field conditions to warrant the granting of exemption from tax"?209 Has his Department been doing overtime during the past month?
What I wrote to the hon. Gentleman reflected exactly the position at that time. At that time, our technical advisers did not feel that they had sufficient information about the behaviour of this vaccine in practical conditions. Since then, their investigations have been completed, with the result I have announced.