§ 71. Mr. Nabarro
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that Manchester November Handicap sweepstake tickets printed with a counterfoil blank, save only the serial number, attract no Purchase Tax, whereas faint dots or lines on the counterfoil to guide the handwriting of the buyer cause tickets and counterfoils to be chargeable to Purchase Tax; and why there is this difference.
§ Mr. Barber
Because in the first case mentioned the article is not identifiable as stationery, whereas in the second case it is.
§ 72. Mr. Nabarro
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the Revenue yield of Purchase Tax on printing and stationery; how much revenue comes from business and how much from private printing and stationery; why plain typing paper under 229.5 square inches is subject to Purchase Tax and over that area is tax free; and what reforms he proposes with a view to the elimination of the tax and administrative burden on business and commerce.
§ Mr. Barber
The Revenue yield from paper stationery, excluding greeting cards, picture postcards and pictorial calendars is about £27 million a year. Information on the amounts derived from business and private sources respectively is not available. Paper of 229.5
£ million — 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 United Kingdom Government overseas expenditure of which: 192 217 218 229 241 258 249 278 275 332 Expenditure in Western Germany nil nil nil nil 6 12 22 47 29 49 Both series of figures are net of any contributions towards support costs made by Western Germany but apart from this take no account of any Government receipts.