HC Deb 04 May 1905 vol 145 cc922-3
MR. BENN (Devonport)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been directed to the fact that the Local Taxation Accounts issued by the Local Government Board do not show the local taxation receipts and expenditure of the several parishes, boroughs, and counties of the kingdom; and, inasmuch as such information cannot be obtained from the accounts by any ordinary examination of them, will he undertake to revise the form of the Local Taxation Accounts so as to bring them more into consonance with their title.


The last issued Local Taxation Returns relate to the receipts and expenditure of all the local authorities in England and Wales, some 28,000 in number. As regards the principal classes of authorities, the Returns give details of the amounts received and expended by each authority, but I am afraid it would not be practicable to show in them the amounts received and expended in respect of each of the 14,800 parishes. I am not sure, however, that I rightly understand what is the precise suggestion which the hon. Member wishes to make, but if he thinks fit to communicate fuller particulars of it to the Local Government Board, it will receive consideration.