HC Deb 05 May 1926 vol 195 c287W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with reference to his proposal to double the licence on traction engines of over 12 tons, he will exclude engines classed as agricultural engines; and whether he will treat engines used for moving timber from plantations as agricultural engines?

Colonel ASHLEY

The proposals for the alteration of rates of duty on mechanically-propelled road vehicles do not involve any alteration of the existing scales in respect of agricultural engines. The duty payable in respect of engines used for moving timber from plantations will not be altered, if these engines are merely used for hauling timber over the land to the road-side, and are not used upon the road except for hauling their necessary equipment and gear. If engines are used for the purpose of hauling timber on roads, I see no reason why they should not pay the same rates as traction engines used for ordinary haulage.