§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received a communication from the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries recommending that works of art sold to public galleries in this country should, for the purpose of VAT, be treated on the same footing as works of art sold to foreigners; and what reply he has sent.
§ Mr. Higgins
No. But the secretary of the commission has recently written to Customs and Excise and his letter is receiving consideration.
§ Mr. Carter
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of misleading advertising now appearing in many quarters, he will advance his intended post-Budget VAT information campaign and publicise the precise effect of 10 per cent. VAT, with particular examples relating to cars, washing machines, television sets, cameras, binoculars, lawn mowers, cutlery sets, watches, bicycles, bracelets, prams, blankets, radios, record players, coffee sets, dining room sets, beds, carpets, electric cookers, briefcases, gas central heating, electric central heating, solid 370W fuel central heating, oil-fired central heating, raincoats, skirts, trousers, shirts, cots and playpens.
§ Mr. Higgins
Our campaign will be timed to have maximum impact. If the hon. Member cares to give me details of particular misleading advertisements I will be glad to consider any necessary action.