§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Attorney-General whether he will give the reasons why he is giving consideration to the appointment of Mr. Denis Thatcher as a General Commissioner of Taxes; what qualifications he has for this appointment; and what salary and/or expenses will be paid.
§ The Solicitor-General
Mr. Denis Thatcher is not at present under consideration by my noble and learned Friend for appointment as a General Commissioner of Income Tax. If he is recommended60W to my noble Friend for such an appointment he will be considered, together with other candidates.
The qualifications for appointment as a General Commissioner are that a candidate should be personally suitable in character, discretion and impartiality, and have some knowledge or experience of the administration of income tax legislation and of the way in which such legislation affects taxpayers. General Commissioners are not paid, but are entitled to receive the travelling and subsistence allowances for which all those who perform honorary public service are eligible.