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Stamp Duty Assessments

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the grave dissatisfaction generally obtaining in regard to extended delay in the assessments of duty on documents submitted for adjudication to the Office of the Controller of Stamps, and as the position is primarly due to under-staffing in that office what are his proposals to remedy the position.

I am aware of the delay in dealing with these documents throughout the past year, due primarily to shortage of staff. As a result of special steps recently taken the delay has been reduced to about two weeks, and every effort will be made to reduce it still further.