HC Deb 14 July 1913 vol 55 cc893-4W
Sir J. D. REES

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, under the Budget of 1909, Licence Duties were raised in London by 197, Manchester 273, Cardiff 220, Leeds 211, and Newcastle 208 per cent., while in Dublin the increase amounted to no more than 15 per cent.; and, if so, upon what principle assessments varying so greatly in different localities are justified?


The percentage of increase referred to are correct, if they are taken as relating to the provisional figures for retail on-licences given in the Return of Liquor Licence Duties (House of Commons Paper, No. 217, of 1912). Assessments vary according to the annual value of the premises assessed. I may add that one of the objects of the Budget of 1909 was to increase the Licence Duty payable in respect of premises of a high annual value.