asked the Prime Minister whether he is prepared to introduce a measure similar in principle to the Rent Restrictions Act in respect of rates throughout the country; whether he will include in such measure provision that for a defined period rates are not to exceed a given figure; and whether such measure would be likely, and thus help, to restrain extravagance in local government?
I have been asked to reply. I do not think it would be practicable to attempt a limitation of the rates by general legislation. It is the duty of every local authority to take such measures as are possible for limiting or reducing their expenditure, and it is by this means that the object of my hon. and gallant Friend can best be attained.