§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many gallons of petrol were consumed in this country in 1924; and what was the actual sum received for motor taxation during the same year?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I have been asked to reply. There is is no reliable information as to the actual consumption of motor spirit in this country. The Board of Trade Returns show that the imports of motor spirit for the calendar year 1924 were 422,310,541 gallons and the re-exports 43,104,491 gallons. In these figures no account is taken of the production of home refineries. The gross Revenue from motor taxation during the same calendar year was £15,388,476. As the hon. Member is aware, this sum is subject to certain 2039W prior statutory charges and does not represent the amount available for grants.