HC Deb 16 May 1901 vol 94 c252

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the unequal incidence of the coal tax of 1s. per ton on exported coal, irrespective of value, when the coal is of cheap quality, like that raised in Llanelly and other districts; and, if so, whether he is prepared to take into his consideration the alteration of his scheme so as to prevent this inequality.


My attention has been called to this matter. If the principle of a duty on exported coal were accepted by the trade, and they proposed to me a scheme for some alleviation of the duty on the cheapest kind of coal, I would consider it; but of course I could not agree to anything which would destroy the yield of the duty.