National and Local Expenditure (Review)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 28th July 1964

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is over seven months since the decision to carry out this reform was announced by the Minister of Housing and Local Government, and that if no conclusion is to be reached until the Allen Committee has reported—and since this Committee does not report until the autumn—it means that there will be no major changes before the new rate demands go out in April next year? At this rate of progress I shall have grown a long white beard before there is any rating reform.