§ 26. Mr. E. Fletcher
asked the Minister of Health whether he is now able to announce the terms of reference to the proposed Committee on the Rating of Site Values and its constitution.
§ Mr. Bevan
Yes, Sir. The Secretary of State for Scotland and I have appointed a Committee consisting of: Mr. Erskine Simes (Chairman), Sir William Darling, Mr. J. D. Trustram Eve, Mrs. Ursula K. Hicks, Mr. C. H. Lockhart, Mr. James McBoyle, Mr. T. A. O'Hare, Mr. R. R. Stokes, Mr. C. H. Walker, and Mr. T. Waterhouse.
The terms of reference are:To consider and report on the practicability and desirability of meeting part of local expenditure by an additional rate on site values, having regard to the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Acts and other factors.
§ Mr. Fletcher
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the setting up of this Committee will be welcomed by all the progressive local authorities Who have been pressing for some progress in this matter for a long time.
§ Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
Will the right hon. Gentleman state whether the two gentlemen referred to by him as Members of the Committee, Sir William Darling and Mr. Stokes, are identical with two hon. Members of this House, and, if so, should they not be referred to by their constituencies?
§ Mr. David Jones
Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether the two appointments he has mentioned will be regarded as "jobs for the boys"?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
As the ex-Lord Provost of Edinburgh has been appointed to this Committee, what representative of the other section of opinion in Scotland has been appointed to counter-balance that appointment?