HC Deb 12 May 1936 vol 312 c202
49. Mr. HANNAH

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the fact that the East Sussex County Council have asked Ardingly College to pay menservants' tax for boys sent to join its domestic staff through the Ministry of Labour from the distressed areas; and whether, in view of the fact that hotel servants are admittedly exempt, he will take what steps are necessary to exempt school menservants also?

Commander SOUTHBY

I have been asked to reply. The Male Servant Licence Duty is not, so far as England and Wales are concerned, an Imperial tax, but forms part of the receipts of the county councils and county borough councils. Proposals to vary the incidence of the duty can thus only be considered after consultation with these councils. As the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated in the House of Commons on 11th June,1934, an opportunity of discussing the matter with them will occur in 1937, when certain financial arrangements between the councils and the Exchequer are due for revision.