Allen Committee (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Brentford and Chiswick 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, when he expects to receive the report of the Allen Committee of Inquiry into Rating; and whether he will publish it.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

As I stated in reply to the hon. Member for Dorset, North (Sir Richard Glyn) on 16th November, the Report has now been presented and will be published as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Brentford and Chiswick

But as the Allen Report is bound to reveal cases of hardship, would the right hon. Gentleman make a start on solving this problem by transferring more of the cost of education to the national Exchequer; or does he stand by his reported statement at the weekend that there is no immediate possibility of solving this problem?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

That does not seem to be very much to do with the Question.

Photo of Mr Julian Ridsdale Mr Julian Ridsdale , Harwich

Could the Minister do something about this as soon as possible? Is he aware that many elderly people are most anxiously awaiting this Report, which it has taken over two years to produce? Is it a fact that he has appointed another Committee to smear over the conclusions of the Allen Committee?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I had the impression from what the hon. Gentleman said that he feels that everything rushes to fruition under a new Labour Government, and I am very grateful to him for that feeling. On the question of the other Committee, I know of no other Committee. We shall publish the Allen Report as soon as we can. It is a very bulky Report. I staggered under it last weekend when I took it down to read it. It has a hundred statistical tables in its appendix and I reckon that it will take at least 10 weeks to publish.