HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 c201W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the VAT payable on telephone bills for pensioners; and if he will make a statement. [23330]

Mr. Boateng

Long-standing agreements with our European partners permit reduced rates of VAT only for a prescribed list of goods and services. Telephone services are not included on this list.