asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If he can state the amount of the sums annually accruing to the Revenue from the Duties of one shilling and six pence now payable on certain offices and employments of profit, and annuities, pensions, and stipends, and also from the Duties on offices and pensions now assessed by the Commissioners of Land Tax, which it is proposed, under Clause 13 of the Customs and Inland Revenue Bill, should cease and determine?
in reply, said, the amount annually accruing from the duties of 1s. 6d. now payable on certain offices of profit, &c., was £217 10s. The amount of duties on offices and pensions now assessed by the Commissioners of Land Tax was, at the last assessment,£822 11s. 11d. Since then, however, some of those offices had dropped out of assessment, having successfully proved exemption. The total amount of loss to the Revenue from both sources would be under £1,000, even if the whole amount now charged could be recovered; but the legality of the charge in numerous instances was very doubtful.