HC Deb 27 April 1876 vol 228 cc1760-1

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, considering the alarm felt at the position of the Surveyor of Taxes in the Valuation Bill, he will state to the House how far the Surveyor of Taxes is paid by a percentage or poundage on the amount of taxes that he pays over to the Revenue; and, if the promotion of a surveyor to new districts of a higher class is influenced by his having been able to raise the amount of the rates in his old district?


I have made inquiry, and the information which has been furnished to me is to this effect:—That Surveyors of Taxes are paid wholly by salary, and do, not receive any percentage or poundage whatever. Their promotion is governed by the same rule which prevails in other departments—general merit and seniority. If complaints were received that a Surveyor of Taxes had improperly made a new assessment, such conduct would retard and not accelerate his promotion.