§ MR. W. H. SMITH
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he will state the amount received for carriage licenses within the Metropolitan district as compared with the total sum derived from that impost; and, whether it is proposed to make a contribution towards the cost of highways within the Metropolis from the increased carriage tax, if it is approved by Parliament?
The total amount of the Carriage Duty in 1880–1 was £548,000, and of that sum £52,000 is derived from the Metropolis. By the Metropolis I mean the district which is within the scope of the Metropolis Management Act. With regard to any contribution towards the cost of highways, we have already said that it will not be possible, in answer to Questions, to state what our plans will be with regard to particular interests, and I hope the right hon. Gentleman will allow me to postpone that matter.