HC Deb 28 July 1953 vol 518 c1070
12. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the grants of the University Grants Committee, earmarked for developments in the social sciences, were made to Scottish universities; and if he will give details.

Mr. R. A. Butler

As the answer involves giving a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Grants earmarked for development in the social sciences made by the Treasury on the recommendation of the University Grants Committee to Scottish Universities.

advisability of removing from tax officers a right which they alone in the whole of the community possess, namely, the power to issue a warrant on their own initiative to distrain the goods of any citizen? Is it not time that that aspect of the law was changed and that tax collectors were put in the same position as any other creditors?

Mr. Butler

I do not think I agree. I think that without this power we might be in trouble. I also remind the hon. and gallant Gentleman that in the great majority of distraint court cases we do not have to press to actual levy.