§ MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that it is the custom for employés of the Ordnance Survey Department, whose pay amounts to £2 per week, to be stopped 1d. per week for a stamp when signing the weekly pay sheet, and a further 1d. per week when signing the monthly pay sheets; and whether this system is in force in other Government Departments; and, if not, why it is enforced in the Ordnance Survey Department?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H. GARDNER, Essex, Saffron Walden)
Receipts given by the employés of the Ordnance Survey Department for pay amounting to £2 or upwards are, of course, chargeable with the usual Stamp Duty of 1d., and I have no power to exempt such receipts from the charge. I understand, however, that for purposes of accounts, the men are sometimes required not only to give a stamped receipt for each week's pay, but also for the aggregate amount paid to them during the mouth, the duty payable in the latter case being a single duty of 1d., and not a duty of 1d. per week as stated in the question. The double payment could, therefore, only be a matter of 1d. per annum, but I think that even this ought to be avoided if possible, and I will ascertain what is the course adopted in other Departments, where weekly payments are made and monthly accounts sent in, so as to avoid the requirement of a second receipt for the same payment.