HC Deb 05 August 1879 vol 249 c182

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If Government will provide the House with Statistics of Local Taxation to a later date than in the Table for 1873–4, entered at pages 6 and 7 of the recently published Statistical Abstract of the United Kingdom; also cause Statistical Tables in detail to be drawn out to a later date than for 1876, as recently given to the Miscellaneous Statistics; and, further, arrange for connecting the figures in the General Table of the Statistical Abstract with the results in the more detailed Table in the Miscellaneous?


A Committee, presided over by the right hon. Member for Pontefract (Mr. Childers), is at this moment engaged in considering generally the form and matter of official, statistics, with the object of introducing simplicity and harmony; and, pending the Report of this Committee, I am not disposed to make any changes in the Returns as now presented to the House. I understand that it is owing to the difficulty of obtaining information from Scotland that the statistics of local taxation are not brought down to a more recent date.