HC Deb 01 August 1896 vol 43 c1326

Section ninety-six, sub-section two, of the Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, shall be read and construed as if the words "and any Acts amending the same" had been inserted after "1871," and as if the words "in the ease of a rural sanitary authority" had been inserted after the words "provided that" occurring in that sub-section.

MR. J. CALDWELL (Lanark, Mid) moved, at the end of the clause to add:— Provided that any expenditure that any burgh, within the meaning of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, may make under the provisions of this or of the recited Acts shall be defrayed out of a rate to be levied along with, but as a separate rate from, the general improvement rate leviable under said Burgh Police (Scotland) Act where such general improvement rate is levied; but where such rate is not levied, then by a rate to be imposed and levied in the same manner as if it were the general improvement rate, with all the powers of imposition, collection, and recovery applicable to that rate. He explained that the effect of the Amendment would be to assimilate the system of taxation in burghs for the purposes of this Bill with the system that would prevail in counties. If the Amendment were agreed to half the rate would be borne by the owners and half by the occupiers. He protested against the proposal to impose the rate in burghs upon occupiers exclusively; but he did not intend to press his Amendment to a Division.

Question, "That those words be there inserted," put, and negatived.

Bill read the Third time, and passed, with an Amendment.