HC Deb 05 December 1922 vol 159 cc1521-2W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport the amount collected during the last financial year in Motor Tax in Orkney and Shetland, respectively, and the amount allocated for road upkeep in each group of islands?

Lieut.-Colonel ASHLEY

I deprecate the institution of comparisons between the amount of the collections from motor taxation in any particular area and the amount allocated in grants to that area. The Road Fund, to which the net proceeds of motor taxation accrue, is a national fund, and grants are distributed on general principles which apply equally to all parts of the country. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the claims of Orkney and Shetland have been most sympathetically considered.