HC Deb 08 February 1955 vol 536 c192W
70. Mr. W. T. Williams

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Hammersmith Palace Theatre closed a few years ago, that the Shepherd's Bush Empire closed a few months ago, that the Granville Theatre, Walham Green, closed a few weeks ago, that the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, is now in the market, and that the Chiswick Empire may have to close in the near future; and whether, in these circumstances, he will urgently review the present burden of entertainments tax on the living theatre, with a view to preventing further closing of theatres in this country.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I shall review the Entertainments Duty, with other taxes, before my next Budget. I cannot say any more at present than that I shall consider all representations made to me on behalf of the living theatre.