HC Deb 04 March 1918 vol 103 c1721W
Commander BELLA IRS

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Isle of Man is contributing only £10,000 per annum, as fixed in 1865, to our revenue, and that while this sum then formed one-fourth of the Customs revenue it is now only one-thirteenth of the Customs revenue; whether he is aware that a large part of the Isle of Man revenue is raised by taxing the British Government's imports of beer, spirits, tea, and tobacco for the alien camps and their guards; and whether he will cause inquiries to be made with a view to a contribution to the War by the introduction of an Income Tax, or the assimilation of Isle of Man taxation to our own through annexation to Lancashire?


In addition to the normal annual contribution of £10,000 to the Exchequer the island, apart from the special expenditure on the Volunteer Force, has made since the outbreak of war a non-recurrent grant of £10,000 towards the cost of the War. The facts with regard to the revenue from the camps are as stated. As regards the third part of the question, I am informed that an Income Tax Bill is already under the consideration of the House of Keys.

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