HC Deb 27 November 1928 vol 223 cc228-9

asked the Minister of Transport if he will state the income derived from motor taxation for the years 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927 for the Counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, respectively, including the county boroughs; the total amount of the grants made to those counties for the same periods, including the Mersey Tunnel scheme, but excluding the Manchester and Liverpool road; and will he state to what extent grants on lesser schemes have been held up in the same area by reason of the projected Manchester and Liverpool road scheme and by reason of the depletion of the Road Fund for other purposes?

Colonel ASHLEY

As the answer to the hon. Member's question contains a number of figures, I will, with his permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Gross Collections (Motor Taxation).
Calendar Years.
1924. 1925. 1926. 1927.
£ £ £ £
Lancashire 1,412,474 1,555,613 1,697,743 2,136,929
Yorkshire 1,348,633 1,496,010 1,635,134 1,988,759
No allowance is made in these figures for the cost of collection and administration, or for refunds of duty.
Grants made from the Road Fund.
Financial Years.
1924–25. 1925–26. 1926–27. 1927–28.
£ £ £ £
Lancashire* 1,198,658 967,860 1,251,776 2,246,139
Yorkshire 1,749,264 1,894,580 1,843,197 1,587,423
* Excluding Liverpool—East Lancashire Road, but including the Mersey Tunnel Scheme.

The consideration of grants to smaller schemes in South Lancashire has not been affected in any way by the assistance given to the two schemes referred to in the question. As regards the country as a whole, the revenues of the Road Fund available for grants to new schemes have shown an increase every year since the institution of the Fund.