HC Deb 26 February 1867 vol 185 cc1028-9

said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whe- ther there is an intention of making a change in the office of Collectors of Taxes and Distributors of Stamps in Scotland by transferring the duties to officers of Customs or Excise, or otherwise, as vacancies occurred in the present appointments?


In Scotland, Sir, distributors of stamps are also collectors of taxes, which is not the case in England. It has within the last three or four years been the practice, upon the occurrence of vacancies in distributorships of stamps in towns where there are collectors of Excise, to transfer the duties discharged previously by the distributors of stamps to the collectors of Excise. In Scotland this arrangement has at present only been effected at Dumfries and Glasgow; in England it has been carried out in fourteen places, and the change will be carried out throughout the United Kingdom as opportunities offer. It is not the intention of Her Majesty's Government, as at present advised, to transfer the duties of distributors of stamps and collectors of taxes to officers of the Customs Department.