Oral Answers to Questions — Increment Value Duty.

– in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount of the legal fees payable to the legal profession by the public in order to carry out the provisions of Section 4 of the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910, amended by the Finance Act, 1920, under which particulars of sales and leases have still to be delivered to the Commissioners of Inland Revenue?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The delivery of the particulars referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend does not necessarily involve expenditure on legal assistance: and I have no information as to the amount of fees which may be paid in cases where such assistance is sought.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is estimated that £500,000 per annum is paid in this way?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I cannot say whether that is a reasonable figure or not.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is not it great tyranny on the public, keeping this on, and quite unnecessary?