HC Deb 09 February 1926 vol 191 cc834-5
54. Mr. DALTON

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the expenditure on fox hunting in this country amounts to £10,000,000 a year; and whether, in view of the condition of the national finances, he has considered the possibility of raising additional revenue by imposing a luxury tax on this form of sport?


I am aware that the estimate mentioned appeared recently in the Press. I understand that the bulk of the expenditure is represented by wages to grooms, etc., and provender for horses, hounds, etc. I have no means of verifying the figures. Many forms of taxation should be considered, but few chosen.


Would the right hon. Gentleman seriously consider the large number of people in the Midlands who are employed directly or indirectly by fox-hunting?