HC Deb 10 July 1922 vol 156 cc830-1

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he can state, approximately, what amount of money has come in since the tax of £1 per horse-power was imposed on motor cars; and how much of that sum has been expended to date upon road improvement?


As the answer to my hon. Friend's question involves statistics, I will, with the permission of the House, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the statistics promised:

I beg to refer the hon. Member to my reply to a question on 21st March, 1922, of which I am sending him a copy, showing the approximate net revenue received from motor taxation during the calendar year 1921. The approximate amount collected from 1st January, 1922, to 30th June, 1922, is £9,736,000, of which £601,000 has been retained by His Majesty's Exchequer for payments to the Local Taxation Accounts in accordance with Section 2 of the Roads Act, 1920. The balance of £9,135,000 less the costs of administration and collection, together with the net revenue for the year 1921 and other moneys of the Road Fund, is being expended on works of road improvement, maintenance and construction.