HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc30-1W
65. Mr. Gower

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received from organisations and persons in Wales calling for a reduction in the Entertainments Duty or its abolition; and what answers he has given.

Mr. Amory

Nine up to a few days ago. My reply has been that I could not comment on Budgetary matters, but that the representations had been noted in connection with my general review of indirect taxation before the Budget.

67. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that six cinemas closed in Liverpool between October and December, 1956, three in 1957, and three more since 1st January, 1958, and that the Entertainments Duty has a detrimental effect on the ability of the film trade to obtain the necessary improvements in smaller cinemas; and, without anticipating his Budget statement, if he will agree to receive a trade deputation on this subject.

Mr. Amory

I have noted what the hon. Member has said. My hon. and learned Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury has already received a deputation representing all sections of the film industry on my behalf.