§ Mr. Roper
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Retail Consortium seeking parity with manufacturing industry in relation to the Government's fiscal 512W policy, particularly in the matter of depreciation allowances on buildings and new shop fronts; and what reply he has sent.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
My right hon. Friend received a useful and detailed memorandum from the Retail Consortium on 24th February 1975. He is, of course, sent representations from many bodies at that time of year and they are all borne in mind when he is framing his Budget. A formal acknowledgment was sent to the Retail Consortium, as is the custom with all Budget representations.