HC Deb 14 June 1939 vol 348 c1357

5.10 p.m.

Sir J. Anderson

I beg to move, in page 57, line 11, at the end, to insert: (5) Where the expenses incurred by the council of a county district in discharging functions specified in a direction given to them by the county council are not repaid to the district council by the county council the county council shall repay to the district council any amount raised by the county council in the district in respect of the cost of similar functions discharged by the county council in other parts of the county. Any question that may arise between a county council and a district council under this Sub-section shall be determined by the Minister. This Amendment was put down at the request of certain associations of local authorities who were apprehensive that without it there might be a risk that a borough or urban district might have to pay twice over for work in the same category. The point is rather a technical one. It concerns the case where work is carried out in a district of a county on behalf of the county authority, and it was thought that there might be some little danger, as these matters are arranged, that without this Clause a district which had paid in the first instance for work carried out in its own area might automatically become liable for a share of similar work carried out elsewhere in the county.

Amendment agreed to.