§ 27. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects to be in a position to make a statement with regard to Government policy relating to the rating of industrial premises.
§ 28. Mr. K. Thompson
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he has taken to ascertain the views of industrialists about changes in the principle of industrial derating.
§ Mr. Sandys
I have received numerous representations, both for and against the abolition of industrial derating, from hon. Members of this House; from local authorities; from organisations representing industry and commerce; from trades unions, ratepayers' associations and a large number of individuals.
I have no further statement to make at present on this subject.
§ Mr. K. Thompson
Apart from the partisan nonsense of the last Question, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether nevertheless he will be good enough to consider issuing a White Paper on this very important matter so that all the interests may be taken into account by the House?
§ Mr. Mitchison
In view of the close connection of this proposal with the new valuation lists which will be coming out shortly, when does the Minister expect to make a statement, if ever?
§ Mr. Sandys
As I have explained, the whole question of local government finance is undergoing a review at this present time and, as I have also made clear on more than one occasion, the question of the system for rating industry will of course be included as part of that review. The review is not yet complete and it is not unconnected with the exami- 992 nation of the problem of local government organisation, upon which I hope to make a statement after the Recess.