HC Deb 20 July 1976 vol 915 c436W
Mr. Peter Rees

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is now the practice of the Inland Revenue to assess surpluses accruing to individuals on the realisation of commodities.

Mr. Denzil Davies

Where transactions involving the purchase and sale of commodities amount to "an adventure in the nature of trade", the profits are assessable to income tax under Case I of Schedule D. Where, on the other hand, the transactions give rise to a surplus which is not of an income nature, the surplus is chargeable to capital gains tax.