Caradon

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1974.

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Photo of Mr Paul Tyler Mr Paul Tyler , Bodmin 12:00 am, 3rd July 1974

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will pay an official visit to the Caradon district of Cornwall.

Photo of Mr Anthony Crosland Mr Anthony Crosland , Grimsby

I have no plans to do so.

Photo of Mr Paul Tyler Mr Paul Tyler , Bodmin

Is the Secretary of State aware that the hardship caused to ratepayers in the district, particularly to low-income households, is such that nearly 2,000 rates rebates have already been granted and a further 2,000 are awaiting processing? Does he appreciate that many more would be elegible for help if rate rebates were extended to water charges and re-extended to sewerage charges? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider his attitude to the extension of rate rebates to those two charges, which I appreciate were removed by the previous Government?

Photo of Mr Anthony Crosland Mr Anthony Crosland , Grimsby

The Caradon district was treated exceptionally, both under the variable domestic relief and under my own uniform domestic relief. I entirely concede that. The point of substance about the water and sewerage rebates, however, is that they were effectively removed by the previous Government's Water Act 1973. I hope that I made it sufficiently clear in last Thursday's debate that although to restore the rebate would require new legislation it was something I had very much in mind and was proposing to discuss with the relevant authorities.