§ MR. MACDONALD CAMERON (Wick Burghs)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it was true that in the proposed scheme to abolish the Collector at Great Winchester Street, City, the Receiver General is to undertake merely the receipt of cash, and to leave the really important duties of collector to be done elsewhere; that the Receiver General was to require the taxes collected in the City to be paid to him at Somerset House, instead of as heretofore to the Collector of Inland Revenue within the City; was the majority of the Committee engaged in considering the question of breaking the collection and reorganizing the Receiver General's post in favour of the proposal; and had the proposal the approval of the Chairman 1383 of the Board and of the practical officers who advise the Board?
§ *THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
I must respectfully decline to give information as to proceedings of Departmental Committees, at least until I have myself been able to form a judgment on them. I cannot accept the questions of the hon. Member as indicating correct facts, as I do not see how he could have had any intimation of the confidential proceedings of the Committee without a breach of confidence, which I am reluctant to think possible in so well-regulated and discreet a Department of the Civil Service as the Inland Revenue.