HC Deb 12 April 1937 vol 322 c601
19. Mr. Alexander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the demands made by United States Customs officers upon British citizens leaving that country after short visits for the payment of Income Tax in cases where, in fact, no salary from any American source has been paid; and whether he will make representations to the United States Government with a view to a more reasonable attitude being adopted by the Customs authorities?

Viscount Cranborne

I understand that the position which the right hon. Gentleman has in mind has recently been modified by Sections 119 and 211 of the United States Revenue Act of 1936, of which I am arranging to have copies sent to him.

Mr. Alexander

Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that there have been recent examples of this imposition upon visitors to the United States of America, and will he undertake to inquire into the question?

Viscount Cranborne

I will certainly make inquiries, but my information is that there have been no further complaints since the Act to which I have referred came into force.