HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 cc1809-10
57. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the approximate cost involved in the provision for, preparation, printing and paper and despatch, of the Pay-as-you-Earn Income Tax forms and instructions now being sear out to employers; and what is the approximate weight of the paper involved.

Sir J. Anderson

The approximate cost of the paper, printing and distribution of the "pay-as-you-earn" tables and forms was £300,000 and the approximate weight of the paper involved was 3,000 tons.

Sir W. Smithers

Could not the right hon. Gentleman have found some less complicated manner of getting out the information? Is he aware that these forms are very difficult to fill up, especially for working farmers, and is it not a case of form-filling and bureaucracy running quite mad?

Sir J. Anderson

Not at all. This matter, as the House is aware, has been very fully discussed with representatives of those concerned.