§ MR. ROUND (Essex, Harwich)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if parochial incumbents can deduct Income Tax upon stipends which 408 they now pay to their assistant curates; and, if not, whether he will consider the propriety of enabling them to do so?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
Where a curate is licensed by the Bishop of a Diocese to a particular charge, the incumbent may deduct Income Tax from the stipend which he pays him. I am afraid I cannot extend this principle so as to allow incumbents under all circumstances to deduct Income Tax from the stipends of their curates.