HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc846-7W
Major Milner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a large number of motor car owners, including many who have hitherto given their services and the use of their motor cars without remuneration for Civil Defence purposes, cannot afford to re-license them after 1st January next owing to the increased tax; and whether, in these circumstances, he will reduce the tax or make some other concession in the case of motor cars so used so as to enable their services to be retained?

Sir J. Simon

I have given this matter careful consideration, but cannot see my way to add to the reply which my right hon. and gallant Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, gave yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Yardley (Mr. Salt). It would be impracticable to make a tax concession which was limited to cars used for Civil Defence.