§ Mr. Shepherd
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated cost of abolishing entertainment tax on all cinema seats up to and including 1s., and imposing a 50 per cent. tax on all seat prices in excess of the first 1s.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The cost is conjectural, depending on the extent to which admission prices were reduced to take advantage of the reduced rates of duty, but it would probably be in the region of £15 million a year.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what amount of Entertainments Duty was remitted in 1953–54 under the exemption relating to organisations not 111W conducted for profit and whose aims are partly educational; and how many organisations were concerned.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The information requested is as follows:
Type of entertainment Number of organisations Duty remitted £ Drama … 1,700 250,000 Music … 2,400 130,000 Opera and Ballet … 300 170,000 Films … 500 40,000 Miscellaneous* … 1,400 60,000 6,300 650,000 * This item includes local authority entertainments.