Treasury answers Rehman's written question on reducing VAT on sunscreen

On 1st September 2020, Rehman submitted the following question to the Treasury: 

"To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has any plans to reduce VAT on sunscreen, which is currently not classified as an essential health product."

Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, has provided the following response:

"Under the current VAT rules, sun protection products are subject to the standard rate of VAT. High-factor sunscreen is on the NHS prescription list for certain conditions and is provided VAT free when dispensed by a pharmacist.

Expanding the scope of the current VAT relief would come at a considerable cost to the Exchequer. Therefore, while all taxes are kept under review, there are currently no plans to reduce VAT on sunscreen products."

 

All of Rehman's written questions can be read here: https://members.parliament.uk/member/3987/writtenquestions