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Inland Revenue Head- Quarters And Probate Registry

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the incon- venience which is being suffered by the business community, arrangements can now be made for the return of the Inland Revenue headquarters, particularly the Probate Department and the Companies Register, to London?

The considerations which led the Government to order the evacuation of certain staffs from London still hold good and current policy remains, in general, opposed to their return. In a few cases a change of circumstances has made it particularly desirable that staff should return to London, but this is not the case with the headquarters of the Inland Revenue Department. As regards the Principal Probate Registry, which is not part of the Inland Revenue but is under the Supreme Court of Judicature, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Whitechapel (Mr. W. J. Edwards) on 26th October.