§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in connection with stamp duty on the purchase of an owner-occupied house; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
[pursuant to his reply, 5 February 1981, c. 206]: Letters are regularly received by Treasury Ministers from private individuals and representative bodies about the incidence of stamp duty on purchases of houses for occupation and suggesting various changes that might be made. Careful note is of course taken of the views expressed, but it would be inappropriate to make any comment about possible responses to them in advance of the Budget.