HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 c170W
62. Sir F. Sanderson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the inhabitants of the Isle of Man benefit financially from the moneys paid by the United Kingdom taxpayers in regard to subsidised rationed foodstuffs and freightage of coal.

Mr. Glenvil Hall:

The Isle of Man is treated for the purpose of subsidies on certain rationed foodstuffs as if it were part of the mainland, but I regret that figures showing the financial benefit to the Island are not available. The subsidy on the freightage of coal enjoyed by the island is borne, not by the taxpayer, but by the Railway Freights Rebates Fund and is now running at an average rate of 2s. 4d. per ton of coal sent to the Isle of Man.