HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 c1314
136. Mr. FLAVIN

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whethere he is aware that the Listowel people are being asked to pay a tax of£32 by the Commissioners of Customs in connection with an agricultural and industrial show held in Listowel recently; whether he is aware that this show is only held for purely educational work for agricultural and industrial purposes; and whether he will see that such objects are not penalised or entirely prohibited, as they will be if this tax is enforced?


I would refer my hon. Friend to my answers of the 20th and 26th July to the hon. Member for Queen's County. I am informed by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise that the programme of this show included driving and jumping competitions and that they were not satisfied that the show was entitled to exemption from the Entertainments Tax. The tax is therefore payable under the law.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there was only one jumping competition, and will he take into consideration the fact that the show was for the purpose of exhibiting Irish manufacturers' goods, and agricultural produce? I was there myself, and I know.

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