HC Deb 06 July 1984 vol 63 c335W
Mr. Dover

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence he has that small businesses involved in take-away food have encountered difficulties since 1 May.

Mr. Trippier

[pursuant to the reply, 5 July 1984, c. 214.]: I am aware of the representations that have been made by small businesses involved with take-away foods and of reports of a reduction in demand during the early weeks of the imposition of VAT on hot take-away foods. It is too soon to form a reliable assessment of whether there is any longer term effect.

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