§ 56. Sir K. WOOD
asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes at an early date to introduce legislation to relieve playing fields from rate burdens?
§ 62. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the fact that unless some attempt is made to reduce the heavy taxation now imposed upon the amateur sports grounds of the country at least 30 to 35 per cent. will be abandoned during the next 12 months; and whether he will reconsider the Government opposition to relieving such playing fields of rates?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
I have seen statements as to increases in the assessments of playing fields, and I am asking the Central Valuation Committee to make some inquiries on the subject. I have the greatest sympathy with any movement which aims at the provision of playing fields for children and young persons, especially of the working-classes, and it is the policy of the Ministry of Health to encourage such provision. There may be a case in some instances for some revision of recent assessments, and this is a matter on which the Central Valuation Committee, who are concerned to promote uniformity of assessment, may be able to make recommendations. But I do not think that complete exemption, which is also claimed for a number of other worthy objects, could be justified, or is the right way of dealing with any anomalies which may be shown to exist.
§ Sir K. WOOD
If the right hon. Gentleman has such sympathy with the movement, why did he deal it such a grievous blow a week or two ago?
§ Sir W. BRASS
Does the right hon. Gentleman think that only the children of the working-class should have playing fields?