HC Deb 05 August 1941 vol 373 c1803W
Mr. Groves

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider the hardship caused to the blind population by the incidence of the Purchase Tax on wireless sets; and whether he will consider exempting blind folk from the Purchase Tax?

Sir K. Wood

As the tax is charged at the wholesale stage it would be impossible to administer any general exemption for goods purchased from retailers by blind persons. As regards wireless sets, many blind people use ordinary receivers, and as those adapted for the use of the blind are not unsuitable for other uses it would not be practicable to provide for their exemption.