HC Deb 22 November 1966 vol 736 c1119
6. Mr. Mapp

asked the Minister of Technology if he will make a statement on the action he has taken in regard to the proposed television rental increase from 5s. per week to 7s. as from 26th July by Messrs. Sedgley Rentals Limited, Droylsden, Manchester.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Technology (Mr. Edmund Dell)

The Ministry of Technology is examining this case on the basis of information received from the Company. My right hon. Friend has not yet reached a decision, but when he has he will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Mapp

Is my hon. Friend aware that this Reply is not dissimilar from what I was told on 11th August? Does not he appreciate that a 14 per cent. increase of this nature for old-age pensioners contrasts unfavourably with what happens in the salary and wages sector? It is about time that we were much firmer in the prices sector.

Mr. Dell

My right hon. Friend will try to expedite his decision and I do not want to make any further comment until then.

Sir R. Cary

In fairness to the firm named in the Question, may I ask whether, as a service, it is not covered by the Selective Employment Tax?

Mr. Dell

Yes, Sir. The Selective Employment Tax applies in this case.