HC Deb 15 February 1915 vol 69 cc890-1
29. Mr. CURRIE

asked the Prime-Minister whether, in view of the opinion expressed by the Treasury that all interests should be subordinated to that of conserving national resources, His Majesty's Government will take steps to subject all official salaries, such as those paid to heads of Departments, County Court judges, judges of the Higher Courts, Cabinet and other Ministers, amounting to not less than £1,500 a year, to a special tax or deduction so long as the War shall last; and that either at a flat rate or according to a graduated scale, so as to enable the holders of these offices to participate equitably in the loss of income general at this time and as a matter of public economy?


A very considerable burden has already been placed upon all Income Tax payers, which burden is graduated according to the total amount of income. It does not appear to me that any further differentiation as against the particular classes mentioned in the question is justified.