HC Deb 13 September 1887 vol 321 cc483-4
DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he is aware that William Delany, of Cork, has been arrested at Cardiff for non-payment of Income Tax; whether he is aware that William Delany has no residence at Cardiff, and no source of income there or in any part of England; that he is in the employment, at a small salary, of cattle shippers, in the City of Cork, who send him with their live stock to Cardiff; whether it is on the assumption of his being the owner of these live stock that he has been assessed with payment of Income Tax, which assessment should be made against his employers, if at all; and, under the circumstances, how long it is intended to keep him in prison?


Yes, Sir; William Delany has been arrested for non-payment of Income Tax due for the last three years, and is liable to be kept in prison, without bail, until he pays the duty in arrear with costs, or gives security for payment. As to the additional points which the hon. Member has added to the Question to-day, time has not permitted me to inform myself; but I presume that Delany has had the same opportunity of appeal as anyone else against the assessment to Income Tax.


Am I to understand from the hon. Gentleman that though he has got no money to pay he is to be kept in prison for an unlimited time?


I hope he will not be kept in prison for an unlimited time. It is quite open to any of his friends to take him out on bail. I had better not go into the case; but I think there is some difference of opinion as to whether he is able to pay or not.


said, there was some misunderstanding about this man. His employer was a large cattle dealer; but he was not himself at all a wealthy man.