HC Deb 12 March 1946 vol 420 cc949-50
61. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the difficulties of many citizens in daily employment who wish to consult income tax officials and cannot see them as they are only available during short hours in daytime; and whether he will consider arranging that such offices be open for at least one evening during the week as is done in other Government Departments.

Mr. Dalton

If my hon. Friend would let me know in what particular locality he thinks this service would be useful, I shall be glad to see what can be done.

Mr. Freeman

Is t not a tact that a very large number of Income Tax payers are having difficulty in understanding Income Tax law in nearly every big town, and would he make inquiries as to what can be done in this respect?

Mr. Dalton

If the difficulty exists, it is one of long standing, and I doubt whether it is really worth while making officials, after a very hard day's work, sit up in the evening and wait for callers unless there is some proof that the thing is really necessary.

Sir Frank Sanderson

Is it not universal and distressing?