HC Deb 19 March 1923 vol 161 c2117W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, seeing that the vast majority, if not all, of the theatres, music-halls and cinemas of the country pay the Entertainments Duty on certified returns, he will state what difficulty there is in compiling a separate Return of the amounts paid by all these undertakings; and whether he will agree to furnish the House with it?


There would be no difficulty in ascertaining the yield of the Entertainments Duty from theatres, music-halls and cinemas if it was all paid on the basis of certified returns; but as this is not so in a very considerable number of cases, the figures would be of no practical value, and I am not prepared to furnish them.