HC Deb 13 November 1979 vol 973 cc571-2W
Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations have been received regarding cuts in his Department's expenditure and the burden of payments caused by the increase in value added tax.

Dr. Vaughan

I have received a number of representations from various bodies and organisations and have made it clear that the costs of the increase in VAT will, as with other prices increases, have to be absorbed within existing 1979–80 cash limits.