HC Deb 13 May 1982 vol 23 c317W
44. Miss Joan Lestor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give consideration to the removal of value added tax on articles of sanitary protection for women; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ridley

No. In a broadly based tax like VAT many essential goods and services are taxed, and it would not be appropriate to single out sanitary protection for women for special treatment.