§ MR. BARTLEY (Islington, N.)
I beg to ask the Attorney General whether his attention has been called to the fact that the London County Council have presented to the Quarter Sessions 12 petitions against totals on the valuation lists made last year; whether, with regard to the City of London Union alone, they have objected to more than 800 distinct assessments on the list, and are seeking to add upwards of £417,000 to the gross value and £350,000 to the rateable value; whether, in the St. George's Union, they are seeking to add upwards of £260,000 to the gross value and £200,000 to the rateable value in respect of more than 3,000 distinct properties, alleged to be under assessed, and in St. Marylebone upwards of £126,000 to the gross and £106,000 to the rateable value; and whether, as such exercise of the power of appeal imposes a very heavy burden upon the ratepayers in costs of resisting the appeals and in rates, it is the intention of the Government to introduce any measure for the purpose of amending "The Valuation (Metropolis) Act, 1869"?
SIR R. WEBSTER
My attention has not been called to the facts stated by the hon. Member, but I believe that they are correct. The latter part of the question should be addressed to the right hon. Gentleman tha President of the Local Government Board.