HC Deb 10 May 1869 vol 196 c471

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he is now satisfied that he received the Memorial from Scottish Bankers and others in Edinburgh, referred to in the Question put to him on Friday by the hon. Member for Portsmouth (Sir James Elphinstone), and if so, if he will favourably consider the prayer of the Memorial?


said, in reply, that he had received the Memorial in question. He had inquired about it previously, but found it was not in the office, having been sent to the Inland Revenue to be reported on. He was sorry that there had been any mistake in the matter. As to the substance of the Memorial, he admitted that there was a grievance or a difficulty owing to the different days on which the income tax was collected in Scotland: but he believed that the difficulty arose only on occasions when the income tax was altered, and he thought that it would be a greater mischief to adopt any change in the days now, as it would cause much inconvenience to persons in making their calculations. He believed there would be less inconvenience from leaving things as they were than from introducing fresh anomalies.