HC Deb 08 August 1901 vol 99 c66
MR. MURNAGHAN (Tyrone, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a demand has been made on the Omagh Rural District Council for payment of income tax on the labourers' cottages situated within the area of its authority, while the council declines to pay the tax because the cottages are not self-supporting, causing outlay instead of bringing income; and, seeing that the object in providing labourers' cottages is charitable and not pecuniary, will he make representation to the proper quarter to have the demand for payment of income tax on labourers' cottages in Ireland withdrawn.


I believe the fact to be as stated in the first paragraph. The question raised in the second paragraph is properly one that should be addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Perhaps I may refer to my right hon. friend's reply to a similar question addressed to him on the 12th July of last year.†


Is it not the fact that in many cases there is a loss of £3 a year on these cottages to the ratepayers?


The matter is one which must be dealt with by the surveyors of taxes.