§ Mr. PETO
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether persons who are liable for Super-tax and have already sent in their return, in some cases many weeks ago, have received no request for payment; if so, what is the amount of the Super-tax and the number of persons in question; and whether this is a repetition of the plan conceived by his Department last year by which the railway companies were requested to defer payment of their Income Tax in order that the Old Sinking Fund might be defrauded of its due?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd George)
A demand for Super-tax cannot be made until the return to which it relates has been examined and the assessment completed. Returns are dealt with as rapidly as possible by the Special Commissioners, whose staff are working long hours at high pressure, but they have not yet been able to complete the examination of all returns sent in, so that I cannot give the information asked for by the hon. Member in the second part of his question. The suggestion that demands are being deliberately withheld for ulterior purposes is wholly without foundation.