HC Deb 22 October 1912 vol 42 cc1905-6

asked the number and value of Estate Duty cases which were outstanding for any causes on 30th September, 1912, 30th September, 1911, 30th September, 1910, and 30th September, 1909?


On the 30th September, 1912, the number of Estate Duty cases outstanding by reason of valuation was 13,895, and their value £64,675,000; on the 30th September, 1911, the number and value were 18,970 and £73,109,000; on the 30th September, 1910, 8,127 and £40,695,000; and on the 30th September, 1909, 110 and £4,675,000. On each date there were, in addition, about 1,000 cases (being two days' receipts), which were outstanding from other causes-than valuation. I have no information as to the value represented by these cases.

42. Mr. WATT

asked whether the right hon. Gentleman's Department has come to any decision as to the retention or sale of land received by the State in payment of Estate Duties under Section 56 of the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910; if so, what is the decision; and will he say how much land has been so received by his Department, and is it an increasing quantity, in view of the present unremunerative nature of the holding of land?


As regards the first part of the question, it has been decided that the Commissioners of Inland Revenue shall act as intermediaries for the conveyance of property to other public Departments or authorities who might desire to purchase it. As regards the latter part, I beg to refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on the 17th instant to a question on the same subject to my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle.