HC Deb 01 April 1952 vol 498 c108W
64. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why sums received from the issue of dog licences are, in England and Wales, retained by the local authorities while sums which arise from dog licences in Scotland accrue for the benefit of the British Exchequer; and if he will take steps to secure equality of treatment in this matter.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The power to levy dog licence duty was transferred to local authorities in England and Wales by Order in Council dated 19th October, 1908, made under the provisions of Section 6 of the Finance Act, 1908. The Section did not apply to Scotland.

The Scottish local authority associations were consulted last year with a view to bringing the position in Scotland into line with that in England, but all three were opposed to any change.