41. Commander Maitland
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what progress has been made in the Government inquiry into the financial structure of local government; and if he will make a statement.
§ 49. Mr. G. Jeger
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will extend the derating provisions of the Local Government Act, 1929, to theatres and music halls.
§ The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Duncan Sandys)
The review of local government finance, which I announced earlier, is now well under way. Meanwhile, I do not wish to make statements on particular aspects of this problem.
While I fully understand my right hon. Friend's desire not to make statements on particular aspects of this matter, does he realise the considerable anxiety of local authorities, particularly those which have had difficulties in revaluation, that a statement should be made as soon as possible? Will he give an assurance that there will be no possible delay in this matter?
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
When considering this matter, will the Minister bear in mind the Private Member's Bill which was passed in the House only recently on this subject?
§ Mr. Wade
Is the Minister aware that county boroughs such as Huddersfield, which previously received nothing from the Exchequer equalisation fund and which now receive a grant, nevertheless acknowledge that there is need to revise the formula? Is he aware that there is widespread agreement that industrial de-rating is quite illogical?