HC Deb 20 March 1958 vol 584 cc167-8W
83. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider extending to chamois mops the exemption from Purchase Tax which now extends to chamois leather skins, stitched chamois leathers, dusters, dish cloths, and floor mops; and for what reason a large range of chamois mops has been subjected to Purchase Tax.

Mr. Simon

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth (Mr. P. Thorneycroft) gave on 19th November.

84. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a ruling has been given to manufacturers of chamois mops to the effect that a chamois mop, weighing about eight ounces and with fringed edges and retailing at about 4s. to 6s. each, can be sold tax free but that an eight-ounce mop not fringed and sold at about 1s. 9d. each is liable to Purchase Tax, although supplied direct to factories; and whether he will review this ruling.

Mr. Simon

If my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of the ruling he mentions, I will look into it.

85. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the present approximate annual revenue received in respect of Purchase Tax on business forms of all kinds, account books and commercial stationery; and whether, in view of the fact that this charge has to be borne by the whole field of commerce and industry, and is therefore damaging to die export trade, he will give consideration to its abolition or reduction.

Mr. Simon

I regret that this information is not available. In reply to the second part of the Question, my hon. Friend will not expect me to anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.

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