So far as Income Tax and Surtax are concerned, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the replies I gave on 7th October to my hon. Friend the Member for Clackmannan and Eastern (Mr. Woodburn) and on 30th September to my hon. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander). Step have been taken, under the Amendment to the Defence (Finance) Regulations of 11th November, 1941, to block bank accounts of certain British nationals who were resident in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the war and are now outside the sterling area. I have also under consideration the possibility of taking further powers to prevent certain abuses in relation to British subjects living permanently abroad.
What about British subjects who are drawing interest from capital investment in America? Why should they not contribute materially to our war effort?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a number of wealthy British people in the United States? Will he take active steps to deal with these people, and not go on saying that the matter is under consideration?