Clause 1. — (Right to Pay Rates on Dwelling in England or Wales by Instalments.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Rating Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes 12:00 am, 24th February 1966

I beg to move Amendment No. 1, in page 2, line 41, at the end to insert: Provided that, where the notice under the said subsection (1) is given after the service of a demand note for rates for the rate period in which the effective date of that notice falls, the requirements of paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be deemed to be satisfied if that demand note included the statement required in consequence of the notice. There are two circumstances in which payment by instalments—a question that we are now back on, after our adventures—can be claimed as of right. The first is the case where a notice is given before the demand. That presents no difficulties. The other is where the notice is given after the demand. Then the local authority, having received the notice, has to provide certain particulars in the statement which has to be made in response to the notice.

This has caused special difficulties in the case of all those authorities whom we wish to encourage, namely, the mechanised authorities and, particularly, the computerised authorities. They, through their computers, put on to the rate claimed many particulars, including particulars of the instalments to be made. Under the Bill as at present drafted, it would be necessary for them to re-issue the particulars, which would be a waste of time and a discouragement to modernisation, which the Government have so much at heart.

Therefore, the Amendment proposes that, if the particulars are on the rate claim form, they do not have to be given later, in response to the notice. I think that everyone would agree that this is a businesslike approach.