HC Deb 18 March 1907 vol 171 c471

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the statement of the chairman of a large London brewery that, in assessment for local rates, the value of the licence has always been assessed as a permanent one, and owners have made their payments on this basis; whether this practice is universal; and, if not, whether he will urge local authorities which do not assess the value of the licence to do so in future, so as to avoid any inequality of treatment.


My attention has been drawn to a statement in the Press to the effect referred to. There is no doubt that in assessing licensed premises the existence of the licence must be taken into account; but I can not say whether the basis adopted by assessment committees in applying this principle is uniform. I have no jurisdiction in the matter, and I could not undertake to intervene with regard to it.