HC Deb 13 March 1882 vol 267 cc749-50

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he has received a Copy of the Resolution unanimously adopted at a meeting of the Central Chamber of Agriculture on the Rivers Conservancy and Floods Prevention Bill, referring, among other matters, to the injustice of rating the uplands for the benefit of the flooded lands; and, if so, whether the Government will now favourably consider the proposal to exempt the uplands entirely from the operation of the Bill?


Sir, I have received a copy of the Resolution referred to; but I may observe that it does not appear to have emanated from the Central Chamber of Agriculture, but from the Council of that body. I am afraid that I cannot undertake, on behalf of the Government, to exempt uplands entirely from the operation of the Act; but I may point out that under the Bill, as it at present stands, any uplands may be excluded from a Provisional Order, and, further, that the occupiers of uplands will in no case be liable to contribute to the rate.