§ Mr. Houghton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the public examination of Robert Hopwood Jackson at the Manchester Bankruptcy Court on 21st March, 1952, and to this debtor's admission that he had made no return of Income Tax since 1945, and owed between £12,000 and £15,000 Income Tax due over a period of seven or eight years; and whether he will look into the circumstances of this case, with a view to more effective steps being taken in future against persons who persistently ignore the requirements of the Income Tax Acts in this manner.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I have seen a report on this case but I am precluded from discussing the taxation affairs of individuals. I am satisfied that the Inland Revenue take all possible steps to secure assessment and collection of tax at the earliest practicable date.