asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the unfair incidence of the present tax on horsepower in motor cars; and whether, in view of the general demand of motorists, he will replace a duty which penalises one section of the public who own and run motor cars by a tax on the petrol consumed or some other revenue-raising device?
I have been asked to answer this question. As I stated on 29th May, in reply to the hon. and gallant Member for the Kincardine Division (Lieut.-Colonel A. Murray), the Departmental Committee on the Taxation and Regulation of Road Vehicles is, at my request, now examining afresh the system of taxation of motor vehicles introduced by the Finance Act, 1920, in the light of the experience gained of its working during the past 18 months. I would ask my hon. and gallant Friend to await the publication of the Committee's Report.