§ 29 and 30. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE
asked the Minister of Health (1) how many district councils and boards of guardians have forwarded protests to him against the proposal to divide the county of Devon into three assessment areas;
(2) whether he is aware that the proposal to divide the county of Devon into three assessment area s has not been discussed by the Devon County Council; and whether, in view of the opposition which has been aroused by this proposal, he will defer giving his decision until after the next county council meeting?
§ 31. Mr. DREWE
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the opposition there is from the district councils to the proposal to divide Devon into three assessment areas under the Eating and Valuation Act; and whether he will be prepared to consider the alternative proposal of making seven areas, which would still make the areas larger than those in adjoining counties?
I have received communications criticising the proposal for three assessment areas from 22 rating authorities and 12 boards of guardians. It has also been represented to me by my hon. Friends that the proposal for three assessment areas submitted by the County Rate Committee does not represent the considered views of the county council. In the circumstances, I am willing to defer my decision until after the forthcoming meeting of the council.