HC Deb 28 October 1947 vol 443 cc46-7W
76. Mr. Bartlett

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the bewilderment caused in the U.S.A. and the hardship caused in Great Britain by the imposition of Purchase Tax on gifts sent from the U.S.A.; and whether, taking into consideration the increasing shortage of consumer goods in this country, he will abolish this imposition and thus allow American soldiers who spent part of the war here to express their gratitude to individuals who gave them hospitality.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

It is unfortunately impossible to admit gifts of this kind free of Purchase Tax because it would lead to inequality and open the door to abuse.