HC Deb 25 February 1914 vol 58 c1777W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Herbert James Farrow was appointed collector of taxes for the parishes of Harrow, Harrow Weald, and Wealdstone, in the Gore Division of Middlesex, by the Land Tax Commissioners and General Commissioners in accordance with Section 73, Sub-section (1), of the Taxes Management Act, 1880; and, if so, by what authority or practice were the damages and costs of action adjudged to be paid by him to Charles Twinn, of Wealdstone, by a judgment on 20th November, 1913, paid out of the Inland Revenue Vote?


The answer to the first question is in the affirmative. In the case in question, however, the illegal distraint arose through an error made by an officer of the Board of Inland Revenue and not through any fault of the collector. In these circumstances the Treasury authorised the payment of the damages and costs from the Inland Revenue Vote, in accordance with what has been the usual practice in such cases for the last fifteen years.