§ MR. HAROLD COX
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether the declaration that he made on 28th June, in reply to a deputation that waited upon him with regard to the Land Values (Scotland) Bill, to the effect that the Government had no idea of going back upon existing contracts, is to be accepted as applying to existing contracts for the payment of rates in England as well as in Scotland, so that any land values rate that may be proposed by the Government will have to be met by existing ratepayers.
§ The PRIME MINISTER and FIRST LORD OF the TREASURY (Sir H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN, Stirling Burghs)
I think my hon. friend had really better wait a little. I can understand that to an active mind there may be something attractive in the idea of drafting Bills by way of Question and Answer, but the pastime has its inconveniences, and I am afraid I am not prepared at the moment to join him in it.