HC Deb 16 April 1940 vol 359 c803W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give an approximate estimate of the revenue lost to the Exchequer during the past financial year through the exemption of charitable institutions from taxation?

Sir J. Simon

In the annual reports of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, figures are given showing the total amount of income exempted as owned by charities, colleges, hospitals, friendly societies, etc., but these figures relate only to income which has been brought into the gross assessment and are therefore not comprehensive of all incomes of charities. They cannot be subdivided so as to show separately the figures relating to charitable institutions only.

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