§ MR. GILLIAT (Clapham)
appealed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider the expediency of not proceeding with those clauses of the Revenue Bill which it was understood would disturb the existing machinery for the collection of Income Tax.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
, in reply, said, it was an "omnibus" Bill, and dealt with several matters; but in it there would be clauses to carry out the principle of abolishing the payment of collectors and assessors by poundage. On that matter he had received representations from various parts of the country; and it had also been brought before him by deputations from Chambers of Commerce. The subject appeared to be one in which great interest was taken, and there was a fairly unanimous opinion that some change should be made. It would be with the greatest possible reluctance that he would be forced to abandon this proposal of the Bill; and he trusted the Income Tax Commissioners of the City of London would not meet the clauses with any strong opposition. The Bill would be circulated on Friday.