HC Deb 02 March 1926 vol 192 cc1232-3
56. Mr. D. HERBERT

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what control is exercised over the class of advertisements on the back of printed letters used by inspectors of taxes for purposes of communication with Income Tax payers; and what steps are taken to see that such advertisements are of a suitable character?


The acceptance of advertisements for display in the vacant space on printed letter-forms used by His Majesty's Inspectors of Taxes is in every case subject to the approval of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office, who consults the Board of Inland Revenue before giving that approval.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think the Board of Inland Revenue would consider it suitable that letters from Inspectors of Taxes to Income Tax payers should contain on the back advertisements as to methods of saving Income Tax such as the one I have in my hand?


I cannot discuss with the hon. Member the suitability of these advertisements.

Viscountess ASTOR

Is it not a curious policy for the Government to advertise drink, when they have to pass laws prohibiting its sale?


No, Sir, there is nothing curious in it at all.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think it is consonant with the dignity of the State to advertise on State documents at all?