HC Deb 15 March 1923 vol 161 cc1773-4
56. Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cars that had licences taken out during the second and third quarters did not have licences taken out for them for the last quarter of 1922 and for the first quarter of 1923; and what has been the loss to the Exchequer owing to the present unfair system of taxation on horse-power and not on fuel?


I have been asked to answer this question. I have no precise information on the point raised in the first part of the question. The approximate numbers of quarterly licences for motor vehicles taxed on the horse-power basis, which were current at quarterly dates in 1922 were as follow:

28th February 29,397
31st May 48,103
31st August 52,181
30th November 30,702

The figures for 28th February, 1923, are not yet available.

As regards the last part of the question, I am not aware that there has been any loss to the Exchequer, but the whole question of fuel tax is now being considered by a Departmental Committee.

Captain Viscount CURZON

Why is it that the proceedings of this Committee have been so long drawn out?

Colonel ASHLEY

The Noble Lord knows that the proposals which the Committee have to consider are very far-reaching and complicated, and I can assure him that there has been no avoidable delay.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Committee hope to come to a decision before the Budget is introduced?

Colonel ASHLEY

That rests with the Committee, and the Departmental Committee have freedom of action in this matter.

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