HC Deb 12 February 1942 vol 377 cc1582-3
43. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as the Income Tax procedure adopted for salaried individuals is unsuitable for the large number of wage earners now brought within the scope of the Income Tax laws, he will devise less cumbrous methods for collection of tax from weekly wage-earners?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Kingsley Wood)

I cannot accept my hon. Friend's statement. The present method of collection is in the interest of the wage earners. I am, however, keeping the matter under careful review.

Mr. Bellenger

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that a system which in many cases calls for the assistance of trained accountants in preparing the returns is not a suitable scheme for weekly wages?

Sir K. Wood

I am glad to say that most of this work is being done by the employers, and I have not had criticisms or complaints in that connection.