HC Deb 04 February 1964 vol 688 cc953-4
8. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will cause instructions to be issued to local inspectors of taxes that taxpayers who have referred their problems and grievances to their Member of Parliament for investigation are not for that reason to be subjected to discourtesy or obstructiveness in their dealings with local officials of the Department of Inland Revenue.

Mr. Green

No, Sir. Inspectors of taxes and their staff have standing instructions to help taxpayers in every reasonable way, and I see no justification for the allegation that is implied in my hon. Friend's Question.

Mr. Iremonger

As my hon. Friend has been good enough to say that he sees no justification for the allegation, may I refer him to correspondence which I had occasion to have with his predecessor and in which there is given a very clear example of this sort of thing?

Mr. Green

I understand that my predecessor, now my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, sent a full reply to my hon. Friend explaining that no discourtesy was intended.