HC Deb 07 April 1964 vol 692 cc779-80
10. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will enumerate the difficulties which are preventing the taxation of incomes derived from tax-free toll bridges.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The withdrawal of the statutory exemptions from taxation which certain toll bridges at present enjoy would require legislation in a Finance Bill. On this I have nothing to add to what I said in reply to the hon. Member's Question and supplementaries on 17th March.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his Answer was that the Government had no intention of taking action because of the apparently insuperable difficulties of the case? Since this has been going on for more than two years and the Government had an opportunity of legislating for it in last year's Finance Bill, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to take urgent action? Otherwise, his appeals for an incomes policy are ludicrous.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I shall not be led into anticipating the Budget or the Finance Bill, but I would ask the hon. Member to reflect whether he really thinks that we shall help to achieve an incomes policy by suggesting that it is self-evident that a Government should unilaterally break a bargain even though it was made many years ago.

Mr. Manuel

Would the owner of a tax-free toll bridge be committing any infringement of the law if he did not give a receipt for money paid?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

That is certainly not a matter for me.

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