§ Mr. David Mitchell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sorts of businesses for which his Department is responsible are required to have a licence or registration with his Department; and if he has any plans to extend this requirement.
§ Mr. Denzil Davies,
pursuant to the reply given by the Financial Secretary [Official Report, 26th May 1978; Vol. 950, c. 762], gave the following information:
The Treasury, at the request of the Royal Mint, issues licences under Section 10 of the Coinage Act 1971 for the sale or refining of scrap coinage.
The hon. Member will be aware of the proposals set out in Command Paper No. 6584 "The Licensing and Supervision of Deposit-Taking Institutions" and I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 131W 16th December 1977 [Official Report, Vol. 941, No. 32, Pt II col. 550], to the Member for Thornaby (Mr. Wrigglesworth).
Customs and Excise currently issue the following licences:
- Gaming licences
- Gaming Machine licences
- Spirits, Beer and Wine wholesale licences
- Brewers' licences
- Distillers' licences
- Rectifiers' and Compounders' licences
- Spirit Methylators' licences
- Manufacturing or wholesale chemists' and druggists' licences
- Tobacco manufacturers' licences
- Tobacco substitute manufacturers' lcences
- Match manufacturers' licences
- Mechanical lighter manufaturers' licences
- Producers' of wine for sale licences
- Producers' of made-wine for sale licences
- Methylated spirit retailers' licences
- Still keepers' or users' licences
- Tobacco growers' and curers' licences
The following traders are required to register with Customs and Excise:
- Bingo promoters
- Cider makers
All traders with an annual taxable turnover for VAT purposes of £10,000 or more, except those whose turnover is entirely zero rated and who satisfy the Commissioners that they may be exempted from registration.
Pool Betting promoters are required to notify Customs and Excise and obtain a permit for their businesses.
My right hon. Friend has no plans to extend these requirements at the present time.