HC Deb 29 November 1960 vol 631 cc179-80
7. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revised estimate of the yield of Purchase Tax he has made for the current financial year, on account of credit-squeeze conditions, compared with his original estimate of £535 millions last April; and, in particular, what was his original estimate, and what is now his revised estimate, of Purchase Tax yields for motor cars in the current financial year.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

It is not the practice to publish revised revenue estimates in the course of the financial year. The 1960 Budget estimate for Purchase Tax included £165 million in respect of motor cars.

Mr. Nabarro

Does not my right hon. and learned Friend recall that on 22nd June last I proposed an Amendment to the Finance Bill to reduce Purchase Tax on motor cars from 50 per cent. to 37½ per cent., which led to a substantial number of hon. Members voting in Committee against the Government? In view of the present condition of the motor car industry, does my right hon. and learned Friend still adhere to the extraordinary view then expressed by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury that a reduction of Purchase Tax on cars by 12½ per cent. would stimulate the home demand beyond what the industry could meet and so encroach on our supplies for the export market?

Mr. Lloyd

The only comment I would make on my hon. Friend's supplementary question is that I think that these constant suggestions about Purchase Tax and the idea that I might yield to pressure can do nothing but unsettle prospective customers at this time. I cannot be drawn at this stage on this matter.

Mr. Edelman

In terms of revenue, has the right hon. and learned Gentleman calculated whether it would be more advantageous to drop Purchase Tax by 20 per cent. or pay unemployment pay to 20,000 motor-car workers this winter?

Mr. Lloyd

I do not think that is relevant.