§ 4. Mr. WHITELEY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether manufacturers of benzole and other byproducts from coal have been required by statutory order under the Census of Production Act to furnish particulars of output for specified periods; and, if so, what are the two most recent dates of these returns?
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
The two most recent periods for which returns from manufacturers, whether of benzole or of any other article, have been called for under the Census of Production Acts, are the years 1924 and 1912.
§ 48. Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what extra Customs and Excise staff and officials will be required to enforce the new tax on hydrocarbon oils; and what is the estimated cost of collecting such tax in a full year?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Arthur Michael Samuel)
The bulk of the work involved in collecting the tax on hydrocarbon oils will be performed by officers of Customs and Excise, in conjunction with their other duties, but it will be necessary in certain places to provide additional staff. It is not possible at this stage to give an estimate of the additional staff that will be required or of the cost of collecting the tax for a full year.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Could not the staff which has been engaged in collecting the duty on radium be put on to the collection of this tax instead?