HC Deb 19 May 1914 vol 62 cc1782-3W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that during the last financial year approximately 46,000 tons of benzol and 40,000 tons of kerosene used for propulsion of motor vehicles was so used without any payment of duty, thus resulting in a loss of approximately £250,000 to the revenue of the Road Board; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent a repetition of this loss?


I am aware that benzol and kerosene are to some extent used for the propulsion of motor vehicles, though I have not previously seen anything like so high an estimate of the amount so used as is suggested in the question. As I stated in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Cavan on the 5th instant, the question of the taxation of these articles, if and when they come to be ordinarily and generally used for supplying motive power to vehicles, will not be lost sight of.