§ MR. JOHNSTON(on behalf of Lord HENRY BRUCE) (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the statement is correct that lodging house keepers have been charged 9d. in the £1 as formerly; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take in order that the amount in excess should be refunded?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
In order to obtain the concession granted by the Act of last Session, lodging house keepers were required to have their names registered before July I last, a date subsequently extended to August 31, in order that ample notice might be given of the requirements of the law. It would be impossible to make any concession now in favour of those who, under these circumstances, failed to comply with the conditions demanded by the law. But, of course, they will be able to secure the benefits of the lower charge in future by registering themselves each year within the proper time.