HL Deb 15 July 2004 vol 663 c65WS

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): My right honourable friend the Paymaster-General (Dawn Primarolo) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Treasury is today laying a statutory instrument which provides that payments by the Thalidomide Trust to the people affected by the drug Thalidomide will in future be exempt from income tax. This legislative change, on which the Government have consulted with the trust, will come into effect on 5 August 2004.