HC Deb 17 February 1970 vol 796 c186
7. Mr. Ashton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the motoring associations regarding motor taxation.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

I have received representations asking for a reduction in the level of fuel tax, vehicle excise duty and purchase tax on cars, motor cycles and mopeds.

Mr. Ashton

Would my right hon. Friend, when studying these representations, take note that there is an ex-Tory Cabinet Minister of Transport on the executive of the A.A., that the only M.P. on the board is a Tory, that there are other executive members with petrol and insurance connections, and that the executive is not democratically elected but selected?

Mr. Jenkins

I take due note of what my hon. Friend says, which is of interest, although I take even more note of matters of fiscal judgment in weighing representations from any source.

Sir H. Harrison

Would the right hon. Gentleman particularly keep in mind the organisations that produce drivers to take their tests, such as the motor school associations which he has classified as service bodies rather than producers? Since they produce good drivers, would he not consider them in that respect in his next Budget?

Mr. Jenkins

That supplementary question should have been related to the Question answered by my hon. Friend about the Reddaway Report rather than to this question.