asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the new Income Tax Bill which is to be introduced in the Ceylon Legislature imposes considerable penalties on companies registered in Great Britain; and whether he will receive a deputation on the subject?
Representations have been received regarding certain provisions of the Ceylon Income Tax Bill which affect the profits of non-resident shipowners and charterers. Those representations have been communicated to the Governor of Ceylon, and pending the receipt of his reply I do not think that there would be any advantage in my receiving a deputation on the subject; but I will communicate to the Governor any detailed criticisms which the Noble Lord may wish to furnish to me.
Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to receive a deputation before the Bill reaches its final stages?
Yes, certainly; later on I shall be glad to do so.
Is it not the case that the Colonial Secretary of Ceylon stated that the Governor will instruct the official members of the Legislative Council Lo vote for the Income Tax Bill, and that but for this action the Bill would not pass?
I am not aware of that fact.