HC Deb 02 March 1943 vol 387 cc485-6W
Mr. Barnes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of persons now employed by the Government in the administration of the Purchase Tax and also the number of registered business concerns where Purchase Tax is charged?

Sir K. Wood

While there is a small number of officers at headquarters, and a few at important centres, wholly engaged on the administration and collection of Purchase Tax, the general position remains that this work is being done by the staff of the Customs and Excise Department as part of their ordinary duties. The answer to the last part of the Question is, approximately 45,000.