§ 63. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the damage which the entertainments tax is now imposing on the living theatre, of the increasing unemployment which it is causing in the theatrical profession, and of the cultural loss which it is inflicting on British people; and if he will make a statement in the near future so as to enable the theatrical profession to plan accordingly.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Representations about the Entertainments Duty were made to me by the interests concerned with the living theatre before the last Budget and I gave them very careful consideration. I am, of course, keeping the matter under review, but I cannot anticipate my Budget statement.