HC Deb 28 July 1964 vol 699 cc1221-2
22. Mr. Leavey

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will introduce legislation to amend Section 212 of the Income Tax Act, 1952, so that educational establishments as defined in the Act will include establishments where mentally handicapped children receive education not presently recognised as such under the Act.

Mr. Green

I have noted my hon. Friend's suggestion for legislation, but there would be difficulties in relaxing the requirements of Section 212 in relation to a particular class of children.

Mr. Leavey

I thank my hon. Friend for that Answer. Does not he agree that the present interpretation leads to somewhat unfortunate anomalies, in that genuine education applies, but in many of these cases only the lower forms of benefit can be drawn, as he will be aware? Will he look at the unfortunate anomalies which arise?

Mr. Green

I accept that anomalies can arise in these matters. My hon. Friend will agree that we must always appreciate the difficulty that in curing one anomaly we may create more. I have noted his suggestion and it will be considered.