§ 44. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that the men employed at the King's Lancashire Convalescent Centre, Blackpool, are obliged to give a 2d. receipt stamp when their weekly wages exceed £2; and whether, seeing that this practice is causing dissatisfaction, he will take action in the matter?
§ Major TRYON
The practice of requiring a formal receipt for wages has been in operation in Government Departments generally for many years. Where the amount of the wages is £2 or more, a 2d. receipt stamp is necessary in accordance with Sections 1 and 101 and the First Schedule of the Stamp Act, 1891, and the Finance Act, 1920. A request for a modification of the existing arrangement has been put forward by the staff side of the National Whitley Council for the Civil Service, and is now under consideration.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Are we to understand that every employer of labour who pays a weekly wag© of over £2 to men or women is compelled to have a receipt stamp?
§ Mr. THORNE
Will the hon. Gentleman reconsider this matter with a view to abolishing the receipt stamp?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that some Government Departments are already dispensing with the necessity of stamps on the payment of salaries?