asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the hardship caused by the deduction at source of Income Tax at the rate of 10s. in the £ from amounts awarded in the courts at petty sessions for separation, desertion, etc.; and will he consider taking steps, in consultation with the authorities, to mitigate this hardship and speed up settlements with claims for readjustment?
Arrangements designed to avoid hardship in the type of case mentioned in the Question, including arrangements for prompt repayment of tax at short intervals, are already in operation. If my hon. Friend has in mind any particular case in which hardship appears to have been caused and will let me have the necessary details, I shall be glad to look into it.