HC Deb 29 April 1887 vol 314 c350
MR. WINTERBOTHAM (Gloucester, Cirencester)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether it is the fact that while payments to the Legacy and Succession Duty Department at Somerset House are allowed to be made from the country by cheques through the post, yet similar payments due from residents within the Metropolitan Postal District are required to be made by personal attendance at Somerset House; if so, whether he will give the necessary orders to allow the same facilities to all alike of remitting through the post, and put an end to a system which is alleged to entail waste of time to dwellers in the Metropolitan area and to the Controller's Office?


The facts are as stated. The personal attendance contributes very largely to the expeditious and accurate examination of the accounts; and, taken as a whole, is a convenience both to the Department and to the public, by preventing delay and unnecessary correspondence. I am not prepared, therefore, to recommend an alteration of the system.