Particulars of the receipts from which expenditure on the public social services is met have not been collected since the war, and I fear that staff is not now available for this purpose. The latest figures, published in November, 1938, are those relating to the financial year 1936, and I am circulating with the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the percentages of the receipts in that year drawn from various sources.
Might I ask, in view of the fact that this House, by enactments, is putting increasing burdens on the ratepayers, if the right hon. Gentleman will set up a Commission of Inquiry to consider whether the raising of money by rates and by taxes could not be more, equitably distributed?
When preparing these statistics, promised in his reply, will the right hon. Gentleman take great care that in the total amounts paid on pensions, unemployment and health insurance, account is taken of the contributions from employers and employed, and that these are not mixed up with State grants?
|Local Rates and Block Grants*||123||24|
|Contributions, fees, interest, rents, etc.||449||30|
|* The block grants are given as a contribution to local revenues and cannot be apportioned among the various services of which the cost is met from local revenues.|