§ Mr. Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the shortage of petrol and the resultant petrol rationing has reduced attendances at football matches, and other forms of outdoor entertainments, at theatres and cinemas; and to what extent he estimates this will reduce his revenue from Entertainments Duty.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
I am not aware from the official returns that there has yet been any substantial net reduction in attendances at entertainments because of shortage of petrol. It would be premature to conjecture that the revenue from Entertainments Duty will be materially affected by petrol rationing.