§ MR. RENDALL (Gloucestershire, Thornbury)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Excise officers recently made old-age pension officers had placed upon them the duty of collecting the census of production returns; whether agriculturists in many oases objected to make such returns, and even refused to make their ordinary agricultural returns, thus causing the necessity 1637 of personal visits and inquiries by the officer; and what payment for these extra services and out-of-pocket expenses will be made to such officers, and when.
(Answered by Mr. Hobhouse.) My right hon. friend is informed that the Board of Inland Revenue are not aware that greater difficulty than usual has been experienced by the officers in collecting the agricultural returns. The question of the additional remuneration to be paid to officers for collecting the census of production returns is now being considered by the Board.