HC Deb 17 February 1970 vol 796 c200
31. Mr. Grant

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take steps to reduce the level of purchase tax on incontinence clothing required for medical purposes.

Mr. Diamond

Specialised appliances for wear by sufferers from this condition are already tax-free.

Mr. Grant

Is the Chief Secretary aware that a number of essential surgical items, such as the headwear used by nurses and doctors, are subject to this tax, and will he consider relieving them?

Mr. Diamond

The hon. Gentleman will forgive me saying, if my physiology is correct, that this is rather a different question.