HC Deb 12 April 1888 vol 324 c1056
MR.STEPHENS (Middlesex, Hornsey)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, in the event of the tax upon vehicles and wheels passing into law, he will consider the case of traders and salesmen employing vehicles as moveable market stands—for instance, carts and vans used to expose hay and straw upon for sale in markets as proper for exemption, having regard to the slight use of the roads by this class of vehicle, and to the fact that the proposed new tax charges would operate with great hardship upon trades affording only a very narrow margin of profit?


This is not a Question which I can very well answer without knowing the weight of the carts, and the manner in which they are employed while not standing in the market. The general principle I have in view is that carts using the roads should contribute directly towards their maintenance; but if the hon. Member wishes to raise the point in Committee on the Bill of course it could be discussed.