HC Deb 19 October 1939 vol 352 cc1038-9
35. Miss Rathbone

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to introduce legislation to discontinue the derating of unfurnished houses; and will he make a statement as this affects the plans of many people who are evacuating town houses?

Mr. Elliot

I do not contemplate any change in the existing law on the subject.

Mr. Stephen

Is the Minister aware of the burden which this will put on the rates?

Mr. Elliot

A number of questions arising out of conditions connected with rating assessments are under examination by the association of local authorities, and any representations which they make to me will receive my consideration.

Mr. Herbert Morrison

Is the Minister aware that the evacuation of houses and other properties is going to have a marked effect on rateable values; that municipal services must be continued and that municipal expenditure in respect of property will be increased by A.R.P. and Civil Defence requirements; and is he not coming to the rescue of the local authorities in connection with these matters?

Mr. Elliot

I think the right hon. Gentleman would be the first to comment upon it, if I came to the rescue of the local authorities before they made representations.