Agricultural Land (Rating)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th May 1976.

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Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flint West 12:00 am, 6th May 1976

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consideration his Department has given to schemes for rating agricultural land.

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

My Department has given evidence about derating of agricultural land to the Committee on Local Government Finance under Mr. Layfield.

Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flint West

Will the Minister press his right hon. Friend to be resolute in preventing his Cabinet colleagues from adopting a specious solution which would add £170 million to farmers' costs and make nonsense of any claim that the Government are expanding agricultural production?

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

I should not like to hazard a guess as to the value of the rating of agricultural land if re-rated. I ask the hon. Gentleman to await the Lay-field Report, which I understand is likely to be made public shortly.