HC Deb 23 June 1910 vol 18 c500

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether surveyors of taxes have power to compel delivery of copies of balance sheets for four years back, and especially after these same surveyors have approved of duly audited accounts for these years; is he aware that this demand is frequently made by his Department in the West of Scotland; and, if so, will he see that the practice is no longer permitted?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd George)

In answer to the first part of the question I may refer to my answers to the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne, on 19th May, 1908, and to the hon. Member for the Ayr Burghs on 29th March, 1910. As regards the second part of the question, I am not aware that such demands are made, and the third part does not therefore arise. But, if my hon. Friend will -be so good as to furnish me with specific details of any case I will cause inquiry to be made.