§ MR. HAZELL (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. E. Garcke, of 18, Woodstock Road, Chiswick, who complains that, after signing a cheque for the assessed tax in reference to his residence, the cheque was returned because, by a later assessment the amount was not sufficient; whereupon Mr. Garcke wrote inquiring why the assessment had been raised, but the only reply he received was that 12 days after he had received his cheque back a bailiff was put into his house; whereupon he immediately paid the amount and costs; whether he is aware that Mr. Garcke is a man in a good financial position, and able and willing to pay his taxes in due course; and whether he can give some explanation of the cause of these unusual proceedings?
§ MR. HANBURY
I have ordered strict inquiry into the circumstances of this case. I have not yet received the Report, but when I do so I will acquaint the honourable Member with the result.