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Income Tax (Wage Earners)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the "pay-as-you-earn" Income Tax scheme operated by Mr. Francis J. Ferrie, of a Merseyside ship-repairing firm; whether he is aware that the scheme works smoothly to the satisfaction of the management and the workers; and whether he will press its general application in other establishments which at present deduct Income Tax during the low wage period of the year?

The scheme to which my hon. Friend refers is a domestic arrangement between the firm and its employees, and my right hon. Friend is not prepared to adopt the suggestion for its wider application. I may point out that the scheme in question is not founded on what is known as the "pay-as-you-earn" or current earnings basis, the possibility of introducing which is at present under consideration.