HC Deb 21 March 1963 vol 674 cc562-3
34. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, when making Pay As You Earn Income Tax refunds, he will do so other than by cheque, with a view to avoiding inconvenience to the recipient.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The practice of making Income Tax repayments by crossed cheque has substantial advantages of security and economy. If the hon. Member has in mind any particular case in which difficulty has arisen perhaps he will let me know.

Mr. Dempsey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is difficulty here in that where a recipient does not have a bank account the banks will not cash his cheque? Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that only last week one person visited three banks and still could not have his P.A.Y.E. Income Tax refund cashed? In these circumstances would not the right hon. Gentleman consider sending these refunds by money order and sparing recipients this inconvenience?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The refund can be paid into either a Post Office or a Trustee Savings Bank account. This helps in a great many cases, but if the hon. Member knows of particular cases of difficulty I will gladly look into them and see if anything can be done.