Rating System.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1937.

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Photo of Mr James Welsh Mr James Welsh , Bothwell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the representations made by the Scottish Rating Reform Association regarding the dissatisfaction in Scotland anent the incidence of the present rating system; and whether the Government propose to introduce legislation towards remedying the existing evils against which complaint is being made?

Photo of Captain Hon. Arthur Hope Captain Hon. Arthur Hope , Birmingham Aston

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As explained in the reply sent to the Association by my right hon. Friend on 4th June, of which a copy is being communicated to the hon. Member, it is not possible to indicate a prospect of legislation providing that local rates should be levied on income instead of upon lands and heritages.