Rating System.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 27th March 1934.

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Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, since he does not propose to adopt either the majority or minority reports on rating of the Scottish National Development Council, he will consider introducing other legislation designed to remove the burdens now placed on private house building in Scotland through the operation of the present rating system?

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Combined Scottish Universities

The relation of the present rating system and the provision of houses by private enterprise is necessarily under close and constant observation, but my right hon. Friend is not in a position to make any statement in answer to my hon. Friend's question.

Photo of Mr William Stewart Mr William Stewart , Belfast South

Will the hon. Gentleman consider amending the law under which at present factories when working benefit by derating, but when they are not working are rated in the same way as private houses?

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Combined Scottish Universities

My hon. Friend's question deals only with private house building, but his supplementary question ranges over other subjects.