HC Deb 29 April 1976 vol 910 cc187-8W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT officials entered the private living accommodation of the tenant of the Black Cap public house in Camden Town in order to carry out a VAT search; to what extent they searched diaries, handbags and other personal effects of those on the premises; whether the search was carried risen in each of the countries which comprise the standard basket of currencies since 1971; and what is the percentage devaluation—or revaluation—of sterling against each of these currencies since 1971.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

The information is given in the table below. The countries are those whose currencies are used in the calculation of the value of IMF Special Drawing Rights. Line (a) gives percentage changes in indices of consumer prices (all goods and services) between December 1971 and February 1976 (with exceptions indicated). Line (b) gives nominal percentage changes between the December 1971 (Smithsonian) parities of the countries' currencies expressed in sterling and their average values in February 1976 (with exceptions indicated).

out in accordance with the Department's normal rules; and, if so, whether he will amend the rules.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

I will let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.