HC Deb 08 June 1971 vol 818 c299W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will agree to meet the Trades Union Congress General Council to discuss the value-added tax before taking any irrevocable step on imposing the tax on foodstuffs.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

There was a useful discussion about value-added tax at the N.E.D.C. meeting last week when the T.U.C representatives made their views clear. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer reaffirmed the Government's intention that food, apart perhaps from certain items at present charged to purchase tax, would be relieved of value-added tax.