HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1169-70
37. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies under what heads taxation is levied in Malta; and if any rates are imposed for local government purposes.

Mr. Creech Jones

The heads Under which taxation is levied in Malta are customs, harbour and quarantine duties, licences, stamp and other duties, of which the most important are succession and donation and entertainment duties. There are no rates, as the Government of Malta provide from the proceeds of general taxation services of the type which would in this country be provided by local authorities.

Mr. Reid

Is it not time to impose on Malta. which is soon to get self-government, Income Tax and other forms of taxation?

Mr. Creech Jones

I think that my hon. Friend is aware that proposals will shortly be introduced in Malta for direct taxation.

Brigadier Mackeson

Would it not be better to allow the Maltese to decide that matter for themselves?

Mr. Creech Jones

That is precisely what we are doing.

Mr. Stokes

Now that we have quite an enlightened Governor in Malta, it not more than probable that he will produce [...] thorough-going tax on site values?