HC Deb 27 June 1907 vol 177 c115

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if

Great Britain. Ireland.
Direct. Indirect. Direct. Indirect.
1902–3 53.9 p.c. 46.1 p.c. 26.6 p.c. 73.4 p.c.
1903–4 50.6 p.c. 49.4 p.c. 27.8 p.c. 72.2 p.c.
1904–5 50.8 p.c. 49.2 p.c. 27.4 p.c. 72 .6 p.c.
1905–6 51.7 p.c. 48.3 p.c. 26.7 p.c. 73.3 p.c.
1906–7 52.8 p.c. 47.2 p.c. 27.9 p.c. 72.1 p.c.

The calculations involve a detailed and somewhat lengthy analysis of the yield of each item of Revenue year by year, and I have not had the figures worked out for the whole of the ten years asked for. I will, however, obtain them, if the hon. Member wishes. Particulars are not available to determine on the same lines the proportions of direct and indirect taxation in Great Britain and Ireland respectively in the years between 1807 and 1817. But more than 87 per cent. of the Irish Tax Revenue during that period was raised by duties of Customs and Excise. The first year for which figures are available is 1819–20. In that year, the proportions were: Great Britain, direct taxes 30.4 per cent., indirect taxes, 69.6 per cent.; Ireland, direct taxes, 21.8 per cent., indirect taxes, 78.2 per cent.