§ MR. WHITWORTH
asked the President of the Board of Trade, On what principle the urban exemption from Passenger Duty is refused to the Metropolitan Railway between Finchley Road Station and Kilburn (otherwise Brondesbury) Station, considering that from Kilburn to various parts of London there are 710 omnibus journeys every day?
§ MR. CHAMBERLAIN
The Cheap Trains Act, 1883, provides that the lower rate of Passenger Duty shall be payable on the fares charged between any two or more stations, when the Board of Trade are satisfied and certified that such stations are within an area which have a continuous urban as distinguished from a rural and surburban character. Between Finchley Road Station and Brondesbury Station, the Metropolitan Railway passes for some distance through a rural or surburban district, and the Board of Trade are consequently unable to grant the certificate required by the Statute.