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Clause 50. — (When Levy Accrues Due.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Land Commission Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th October 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 27th October 1966

As the hon. Member for Banff (Mr. Baker) has reminded us, this is a matter which we have discussed. He has raised an important point. Once the system of the levy is established, ways and means will be found to secure the levy. In effect, the hon. Gentleman is saying that the levy should be paid only when the monies have been received.

The difficulty about this is twofold. Administratively it would be almost impossible to provide for it. Second, it would be enormously expensive to create machinery to trace the payments. What we can do is to expect the Commission to use its powers about postponement and payment by instalments.

The hon. Gentleman asked what I envisaged would be the procedure. I expect that the Land Commission will devise rules of practice. These will be known. They will be rules of guidance as to circumstances in which the Commission is likely to resort to these powers. As I said in Standing Committee, there will be an opportunity, if it were thought necessary——