HC Deb 19 May 1908 vol 189 cc57-8

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that the Legislature only passed The Motor Act, 1903, under the express provision that in no case should the speed exceed 20 miles an hour, and that that provision is entirely ignored by owners, drivers, and manufacturers, and cars are built to travel up to 100 miles an hour for use on the public roads, he will consider the advisability of taxing such cars at a prohibitive rate next year and give the firms who manufacture such cars ample notice of his intention.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) The taxation of motor-cars is a subject to which I am giving careful attention; but I may remind my hon. friend that the policy of His Majesty's Government is not to impose taxes for purposes other than that of raising revenue, and this object is not conveniently attained by imposing taxes which are prohibitory.