HC Deb 21 May 1931 vol 252 cc2191-2
39. Major COLVILLE

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what amount of taxation Scotland is estimated to have contributed to the revenue of the United Kingdom in the latest year for which figures are available; what amount of revenue was expended in that year on specifically Scottish services and as the Scottish share of general United Kingdom services, respectively; whether these ratios have been modified since the last detailed calculation was made; and, if so, in what direction?


Approximate figures for the year 1924–25 were published in February, 1926, and showed:

Contribution of Scotland to the revenue 75,000,000
Charge on the Exchequer for specifically Scottish services 25,000,000

These figures do not include any payments made in Scotland on account of general United Kingdom services, such as the National Debt, the Defence Services and War Pensions. The total of such payments in 1924–25 was about £526,000,000 and the difference between Scotland's contribution of £75,000,000 and the £25,000,000 paid for specifically Scottish services may be taken as Scotland's contribution to the total of £526,000,000. The Scottish contribution was thus about 9½ per cent. Statistics for later years are not available and could not be prepared without a disproportionate expenditure of labour; but I should not expect to find any substantial modification in the ratios.


Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that Scotland is getting entirely fair treatment?

Commander SOUTHBY

Is England getting fair treatment?