§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he changed the Pay As You Earn regulations for short-period casual workers, which now require employers to apply full Pay As You Earn procedure to people who in any week earn more than £5 5s., even if average earnings over the year do not amount to this sum; why this change was made; and what consultation he had with 222W employers, particularly in the agricultural and horticultural industries.
§ Mr. Harold Lever
The statutory regulations applicable to P.A.Y.E. have not changed; but in the April, 1967 issue of the Farmer's Guide to P.A.Y.E. the instructions to farmers relating to the application of P.A.Y.E. to short-period or casual workers earning £5 5s. a week or more were brought into line with those given to all other employers. The change was notified in advance to the National Farmers Union.