§ MR. KENNAWAY
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether under the Rating and Local Government Act the powers and functions of Union Assessment Committees would not virtually be superseded; and, if it is intended to repeal the Union Assessment Committee Act of 1862?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
Sir, it is not intended to supersede by the Rating and Local Government Bill the powers and functions of the union assessment committees. The only powers transferred to the parochial board with respect to the valuation lists are those now possessed by the overseers as to the preparation of the lists in the first instance before they are submitted to the assessment committee for their approval. It may be found necessary to insert some words in the Bill providing more clearly that the valuation lists shall be conclusive for the purpose of the consolidated rate, as they are at present for the poor and other rates.