Agricultural Tractors (Licence Duties).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 7th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the anomalies that exist with regard to the special 5s. licence granted for agricultural tractors; and, in view of the decrease of traffic on the roads due to petrol restriction and the increasing importance of agriculture, will he give a more generous interpretation to this licence, as it is very popular with farmers?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Mr. Liddall) on 20th November last. I regret that I cannot see my way to reduce the licence duties payable on tractors to which the concession which I then announced applies.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Is the Minister aware that this licence permits the haulage of goods to a railway station and not to a market, and that if a farmer has two separate farms, he cannot haul his goods from one to the other? Will he not give this matter further consideration?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

This matter was considered, and I made a concession. I do not think I can do more at the present time.