Is the Minister aware of the indignation felt by many country folk at the fact that they are having to pay for services that they do not receive? Does he realise that in the past, if they did not receive these services, they did not pay for them? Can he give a categoric assurance that we are not facing a gradual edging of the population of the countryside to the towns and villages in order to set free more houses for second home owners?
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he expects any change in the situation in Scotland under which people whose properties are not attached to a main sewerage system still have to pay rates? Is he aware that there has been such a change in England?