HC Deb 12 May 1905 vol 146 c177
SIR CHARLES WELBY (Nottinghamshire, Newark)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will explain under what authority the Board of Inland Revenue, in certain cases, imposed the work of collecting agricultural statistics totally unconnected with questions of taxation, other than those known as the Corn Returns, upon their officers.

(Answered by Mr. Victor Cavendish.) The arrangements for collection of agricultural statistics by officers of Inland

Great Britain Ireland
Direct. Indirect. Direct. Indirect.
1902–3 53.9 46.1 26.6 73.4
1903–4 50.6 49.4 27.8 72.2
1904–5 (estimated) 50.4 49.6 27.4 72.6

In an Answer to a Question of the hon. Member for South Kilkenny on the 13th † ultimo, I gave particulars to show that these proportions must not be taken to imply that Irishmen contribute more per head to indirect taxation than, or even as much as, inhabitants of Great Britain.