§ MR. DIXON-HARTLAND (Middlesex, Uxbridge)
asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether the annual sum levied for Coal and Wine Duties on the Metropolitan Police Area in 1861 was about £230,000, and now is about £450,000; whether such Duties are yearly increasing, and what proportion is levied on the area not represented by the Corporation and Board of Works; and, whether the present annual rateable value of the area of the Corporation and Board of Works is £30,856,472?
§ THECHAIRMAN (Sir JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG) (Middlesex, Hornsey)
My hon. Friend is quite correct in stating that the Coal and Wine Duties have increased from about £230,000, in 1861, to about £150,000 per annum in the present year, during which time the population has also increased by about 1,500,000. No doubt, the Duties, if renewed, will continue to increase with the population; but I am unable to state what proportion is levied outside the Metropolis. My hon. Friend is also correct in the amount at which he places the present rateable value.