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Defining a 'building' - hours of fun for bored MPs

As will be seen:

Mr. HAROLD COX (apparently just about the last classic Liberal in the Libs) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to insert in the Finance Bill any definition of the word "building," and which of the following structures constitutes a building for the purposes of Clause 10 of the Bill—a weaving-shed, a cow-shed, a greenhouse, a carpenter's-shed, a smithy, and a creamery?

Mr. HOBHOUSE The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, I may point out that the question as to what is a "building" must always be a matter of degree and circumstances.

Mr. HAROLD COX Can the right hon. Gentleman state what is primarily regarded as a "building"?

Mr. HOBHOUSE No, I do not think that is possible.

Mr. W. W. ASHLEY (Con) If the Bill becomes law can the right hon. Gentleman say who will decide what will be the definition of what these buildings are?

Mr. HOBHOUSE That will depend upon the exercise of a certain amount of common-sense.

Mr. ASHLEY Will the right hon. Gentleman give us some of his common-sense now?

And at this stage Hobhouse is on the rack, so it would be remiss not to turn the wheel another notch or two:
Mr. WILLIAM THORNE (Lab) May I ask whether a monkey house will come under the definition?

Mr. WILLIAM CROOKS (Lab) Or a pigstye?

And that, alas, terminated the exchanges.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 12:22 pm

"Monkeyhouse" is a bit racist, isn't it?  



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Blue Eyes, a naff 1960's rock'n'roll band has got to live somewhere.  



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Blogger Mark Wadsworth said... 6:47 am

Tee hee.

What was the relevance of this? Why was it necessary to define building?  



Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 8:12 am

Mark, I suspect that this is how they convince themselves that they are doing an important job for the country. Public sector job justification etc etc.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:37 am

Lovely bit of spam from 'London' there.

Mark - this was from 1909, and the issue was tax on buildings.  



Blogger Mark Wadsworth said... 12:34 pm

C, I hoped as much, always good to get LVT/The People's Budget back on the agenda.  



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