HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 cc483-4
22. Mr. Lyons

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the growing apprehension caused by the constant increase of the burden of local taxation, he will consider calling a conference of local authorities, with a view to recommending steps, in the national interest, for the reduction and stabilisation of local rates?

Mr. Bernays

I would refer my hon. and learned Friend to the reply given to him on 1st November last. My right hon. Friend doubts if a conference of the kind suggested would produce useful results.

Mr. Lyons

Will my hon. Friend consider making some representation to local authorities to get at least a stabilisation of a burden which is now becoming intolerable to millions of people in this country?

Mr. Paling

Will not the Government consider doing something for the local authorities in view of the fact that the local authorities do a great deal for the Government?

Mr. Stephen

Does the right hon. Gentleman not realise that the solution to these difficulties will be found in the taxation of land values?