HC Deb 14 June 1906 vol 158 cc1147-8

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that clerks to Local Commissioners of Taxes are usually solicitors of high standing who have a large portion of the work of copying of assessment of charge showing the incomes of all persons under Schedules D and E entrusted to casual labour obtained at the moment at the lowest possible rates; will he cause inquiry to be made as to how far this system infringes the secrecy enjoined in this connection to prevent disclosures of income.


Under Section 38 of the Income Tax Act, 1842 "clerks and clerk's assistants" to Commissioners of Income Tax are required to be sworn to secrecy in respect of assessments under Schedule D; and no complaint has reached the Board of Inland Revenue that this requirement is not observed, or that improper disclosures have been made.