20 MARCH 1942, Page 4

At a time when the birth - rate — so at least we are

often told—is kept down by economic pressure, there is encouragement in one example that has just reached me of the effect of the application of income-tax to wage-earners. One of the more highly-paid workers in a large factory, with a family of six or seven children, enquired searchingly of the cashier how the various exemptions

would affect him, and, on the strength of information regarding allowances for children, went straight home and, according to his own account, "said to the wife, `LoOk here, we've got to have two more kids.'"