Petrol Tax and Car Registration Fees

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1967.

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Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby 12:00 am, 7th March 1967

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the annual amount received from petrol tax for the years 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965; and what was the annual amount received from car registration fees for the same years.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

With permission I will circulate a table of figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby

Can my hon. and learned Friend say how much it would cost the Inland Revenue account to register one car?

Following in the table:

Estimated revenue from tax on road fuelEstimated revenue from vehicle excise duties on cars
£ million (figures for Great Britain)
196034271
196138383
1962431100
1963461111
1964529122
1965663147

Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the loss to the Exchequer if the annual registration fee was reduced from £17 10s. per annum to £2 10s. per annum; and how much per gallon would have to be added to the present tax on petrol in order to recoup such a loss

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

£145 million and 8d. per gallon.

Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby

I do not ask my hon. and learned Friend to anticipate his right hon. Friend's Budget, but I suggest that he has sufficient information in these two Questions to form the basis of a reasonable reform in April.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

I do not know whether my hon. Friend appreciates that, since commercial and industrial vehicles use more petrol than private vehicles, what he is proposing would represent a substantial shift in taxation from private motoring to industrial costs.