HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 cc132-3W
64. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state the individual yield anticipated during 1954–55 on each and every form of activity upon which Entertainments Duty is levied, including each class of sport, Highland games, cinemas, theatres and otherwise; and the aggregate of estimated yield to the revenue from all Entertainments Duty for 1954–55.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The following are the figures:

Scale of Entertainments Duty Type of Entertainment Estimated revenue in 1954–55 (£ million)
First (lowest) Theatres and music-halls, etc. 2.525
Second Football 1.55
Horse-racing. 0.94
Dog-racing. 0.45
Boxing 0.1
Speedway 0.045
Other sports, racing etc.* 0.39
Total Sports 3.475
Third Cinema 34.5
All Scales All Entertainments 40.5
* Includes revenue from Highland games which is estimated at about £6,000 in 1954–55.

65 and 66. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much he estimates he will collect from football pools betting duty during 1954–55 at the current rate of 30 per cent.; and by how much such duty would require to be increased to yield a sum commensurate with the loss of revenue entailed by cancellation of all Entertainments Duty in the financial year 1954–55;

(2) what consideration he has given, and with what result, to abolition of Entertainments Duty and recovery of revenue lost by a commensurate increase in the football pools betting duty.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I estimate that receipts from the 30 per cent. duty on football pool betting will amount to about £22 million in the financial year 1954–55. I do not consider that it would be possible to obtain sufficient additional revenue from an increase in this duty to offset the cost of repealing the Entertainments Duty, which is expected to yield £40½ million in 1954–55.