HC Deb 26 November 1888 vol 331 c137
MR. BYRON REED (Bradford, E.)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether his attention has been called to the propriety and expediency of levying a Stamp Duty upon bills, posters, placards, and such like mural advertisements; and, whether he will consider the desirability of substituting such an impost for the proposed tax upon wheels?


also asked, Whether the right hon. Gentleman will consider the expediency of levying a small tax upon advertisement posters, according to a principle which has been in force in several Foreign States for many years past?

MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.)

Before the Chancellor of the Exchequer answers that Question, may I ask whether it is in the knowledge of the Government that the Conservative candidate for Holborn has pledged himself to vote against the Van and Wheel Tax?


The latter Question is rather an improper one. In reply to the Questions which are on the Paper, I may say that numerous suggestions have been made to me to impose such a tax as that which is suggested by the hon. Member; and I do not say there are not arguments to be used in favour of such a tax: but I must frankly add that the difficulties of persuading the public to accept new taxation are such as not to encourage me to adopt any of those suggestions.