§ 53. Sir LEONARD LYLE
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the cost to the State of the Land Valuation 614 Department during the years it was kept on after the actual tax collection was dropped?
§ Mr. WILLIAM GRAHAM
The cost of the Land Valuation Office charged to the Valuation Office Sub-heads of the Inland Revenue Vote for the years 1920–21 to 1923–24 is as follows:
£ 1920–21 … 541,964 1921–22 … 503,075 1922–23 … 388,515 1923–24 (approximate) … 359,000
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
Has any tax answering to that description ever been imposed by the Land Valuation Department in connection with the collection of revenue?
§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
Is it not a fact that, in spite of the enormous sum spent on the valuation, only one-tenth of the valuations of the country were ever made?
§ Sir L. LYLE
In view of this brilliant example of how not to do things, will the Government immediately drop any idea of continuing this Department?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
Some of the supplementary questions are matters for Debate; the others involve figures, and ought to be put down on the Paper.
Sir F. HALL
Is it not a fact that the hon. Gentleman has already given figures amounting to £1,500,000 that has been expended since the tax was dropped, and, considering that enormous expenditure, do the Government think it is advisable to again go into this question.