Oral Answers to Questions — Land Drainage Act.

– in the House of Commons on 9th July 1931.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

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asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to give county councils the right of access to rating books for the purpose of informing the catchment authorities of their rateable area?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Nelson and Colne

Under Section 60 of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925, valuation lists and rate books are open to inspection by any ratepayer or any person authorised by a ratepayer to act on his behalf. I am, however, in consultation with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, as to the steps which it may be necessary or desirable for rating authorities to take so that the totals of rateable value included in the various catchment areas may be readily available to county councils and catchment boards, and I hope shortly to be in a position to com municate with the rating authorities concerned.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

Does that mean that the right hon. Gentleman will have to introduce legislation on this matter?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Nelson and Colne

No, I think it can be arranged administratively.

Photo of Mr Philip Oliver Mr Philip Oliver , Manchester, Blackley

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has considered the resolution passed and sent to him by the Ancholme drainage authority relating to the difficulty experienced in levying drainage rates under the Land Drainage Act, 1930; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

My right hon. Friend has discussed personally with representatives of the Ancholme Drainage and Navigation Commissioners difficulties arising in connection with the levying of rates on the basis of annual value, instead of on an acreage basis. The provisions of the Act must, of course, be observed, but my right hon. Friend will be ready to assist this and other drainage authorities as far as he can in carrying out the requirements of the Act.