Petrol (Taxation)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as private motoring has now been practically abolished and running costs of all vehicles are now charged ultimately to the Government, he will consider removing the taxation of petrol in order to release staffs engaged on this work for productive work for the duration of the war?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

No, Sir. It is not the fact that the running costs of all vehicles are charged ultimately to the Government.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his Department specialises in imposing unnecessary work on various Departments?