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Petrol And Alcohol (Duties)

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he proposes to take to remove the anomaly by which petrol bears a duty of 9d. per gallon whereas alcohol used for motor fuel purposes only pays an effective tax of ¼d. per gallon owing to the Treasury allowance of 8¾d. per gallon?

I cannot accept the suggestion that power alcohol only pays an effective tax of ¼d. per gallon.