Oral Answers to Questions — Eire Treaty Ports (Officers' Income Tax)

– in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that officers who were employed in the Treaty ports of Eire and were domiciled therein during the period which elapsed between the agreement with the Irish Free State of 1921 and the agreement made between Great Britain and Eire in April, 1938, who had already paid Income Tax on their pay to the British Government, have received demands from the Government of Eire to pay Income Tax over again, though, at that time, they were residing in forts which were ex-territorial and part of the United Kingdom: and if he will negotiate with the Government of Eire on this matter?

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

I am making inquiries into the point raised by the hon. Member. I should be glad if he could supply me with particulars of the cases to which he refers.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I have a letter in my hand from the War Office admitting the facts as stated in my Question and regretting their inability to take any action?

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

I shall be glad if the hon. Gentleman will let me have the letter.