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Clause 8—(Reduction Of Duty On Certain Mechanically Propelled Vehicles Used For Agricultural Purposes)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

This is a complicated Clause offering substantial concessions to those engaged in agriculture, and I shall be glad if the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport could explain it in view of the involved language of Sub-section (3).

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport
(Mr. Noel-Baker)

The general purpose of the , Clause is to help food production, and it amends The present legislation in the following ways: Under the existing Act agricultural tractors pay 5s. tax only and get rebated petrol. The purpose of the Clause is to extend the use of agricultural tractors and vehicles in three ways. They may now haul agricultural produce and farm requisites not only for their own farms but for any farm or market garden. It removes the existing limits on destination, so that they may haul not only from one farm to another, or from a farm to a station, but anywhere. 'The Clause also gives these advantages to agricultural contractors, who are defined in the Bill. They must be registered with the county agricultural committees and must be persons whose business is or includes that of ploughing, or of cultivating land other than land in their own occupation, or any other agricultural occupation thereon or threshing the crops of another person. Sub-section (3) will enable these people for these purposes to get rebated fuel, that is at the lower level of tax of 1d. instead of 9d.

Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," put, and agreed to.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."