HC Deb 18 July 1968 vol 768 cc264-5W
50. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the increased revenue he estimates he will obtain by limiting the present purchase tax-free concession to skirts under 20 inches long instead of skirts under 24 inches long, as today; and whether, in order to obviate Treasury interference with fashion, he will consider imposing a lower rate of tax on all skirts however short or long and without prejudice to calf-length hem-lines.

Mr. Diamond

The purpose is not to increase the revenue but to maintain it. The Treasury has no intention of interfering with fashion and the answer to the second part of the Question is therefore "No".