§ 55. Mr. Cooper-Key
asked the Minister of Agriculture upon what authority the Pett Drainage Board is demanding drainage rates for the years 1940–45 from local householders who were compulsorily evacuated during this period; whether he is aware that these accumulated demands presented at this late date are causing hardship to the householders concerned; and whether he will take steps to have the demands withdrawn.
Mr. T. Williams
The Drainage Board derives its powers to levy rates from the Land Drainage Act, 1930. I am not aware that the Board's demands are causing hardship, but if in any particular case they are, there is a procedure for dealing with the matter under the Liabilities (War-Time Adjustment) Act, 1944.