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 number of documents stamped with the particulars-delivered stamp in the first 11 months of the financial year ending 31st March, 1922; and what is the annual cost of the Inland Revenue staff in connection with Section 4 of the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910, as amended by the Finance Act, 1920?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

Exclusive of Scotland and Ireland the number of document? stamped in the 11 months referred to was 320,000. The annual cost of the staff employed in the work in question is approximately £6,000.

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

Is it absolutely essential that these 320,000 documents should be stamped in this way?