§ 56. Sir HUGH LUCAS-TOOTH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider including drainage rates in the derating of agricultural land?
§ Sir K WOOD
I have been asked to reply to this question. Drainage rates as at present existing are not comparable with ordinary rates raised for local purposes of a public nature and as things stand me right hon. Friend, the Minister of Health, does not think it would be practicable to apply the Government's derating proposals to them.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the urban areas drainage rates are often included in the general rate, and that those areas will therefore get relief in the matter of drain age rates in the new rating proposals that would not be available to agricultural areas, which, after all, have to bear the heavier burden of the rates.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Before the right hon. Gentleman replies, is it not obviously the fact that in the case of drainage rates the landlords benefit by the expenditure of money in draining their land?
§ Sir K. WOOD
I think thus this matter is more suitable for discussion when we reach the Committee stage of the Bill.