HC Deb 02 May 1923 vol 163 cc1366-7

asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether he has received representations from Scottish parish councils pressing for the repeal of Section 37 of The Poor Law (Scotland) Act, 1845, on the ground that the deductions which are now claimed are out of all proportion to what could have been contemplated when this Act was framed; that this year some of the claims have risen to over 300 per cent.; that in such circumstances the parish councils cannot accurately estimate the amount the rates will produce; and whether the Government will take steps to repeal or amend the section on the basis of gross rental now suggested by many of the parish councils?

Captain ELLIOT

Representations to the effect stated in the question have been received by my Noble Friend who is considering them together with the recommendation of the Departmental Committee on Local Taxation with respect to the repeal of Section 37 of the Poor Law (Scotland) Act, 1845.