HC Deb 06 April 1897 vol 48 c607
MR. J. CARVELL WILLIAMS () Notts, Mansfield

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the demand notes for parochial rates in the parish of Liverpool contain the item, "Voluntary Rate, 189——, at 1d. in the £1. By order of the General Vestry, 'for Church and other purposes;'" and whether he will take steps to secure the omission of such item in future?


I have communicated with the churchwardens and overseers, and in reply they have directed attention to the fact that the words "Voluntary Rate, 1896" is printed in a different colour to the remainder of the note, and is in conspicuous type. Notwithstanding this, I am of opinion that it is very undesirable that any item in respect of a voluntary rate should be included in a demand note for rates which are legally recoverable, and I have so informed the churchwardens and overseers. [Opposition cheers.]