§ MR. HAYDEN) (Leitrim, S.
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it has hitherto been the practice, when the primary duty on the importation or manufacture of an article has been repealed, to discontinue also the Licence Duty charged for dealing in such article; and whether, the Duty on gold or silver plate having been repealed by an Act of this Session, the duty for dealing in these articles will be still continued?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
No, Sir; it has not always been the practice to discontinue the Licence Duty for dealing in an article simultaneously with the repeal of the primary duty, and there are cases in which the Licence Duty still exists, though the primary duty has ceased. I may remind the hon. Member that the licences for dealing in plate have passed to the County Councils, and that their repeal is a question which affects local finance.