HC Deb 27 April 1971 vol 816 cc216-7
13. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what facilities for random access will exist at his proposed computerised Pay As You Earn centres.

Mr. Higgins

There are no plans for taxpayers' records at any of the proposed Schedule E Centres to be held normally in a form which would allow random access.

Mr. Huckfield

That is interesting. Will the Minister of State tell the House how various tax offices up and down the country are supposed to get at and find out individual details?

Mr. Higgins

I understand that the records are held on a continuous tape and not in such a form that random access is readily available.

Sir B. Rhys Williams

When Pay-AsYou-Earn is put on a weekly basis, will it be necessary to provide random access facilities at all?

Mr. Higgins

I should like notice of that question.