§ 13. Mr. Mitchison
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the financial adjustments and reassessments, called for by the decision of the House of Lords on 4th April, 1957, in the case of Mid-Northamptonshire Water Board versus Lee (Valuation Officer), have been agreed between the parties; what steps he proposes to take to give effect to the decision and the agreement by application to the Lands 'Tribunal or otherwise; and when he expects that this matter will be finally settled and the Kettering Rural District Council and the Brixworth Rural District Council will receive the resulting payments due to them.
The Water Board and the Valuation Officer last week made joint applications to the Lands Tribunal for the determination of all the outstanding assessments in agreed figures. As soon as the necessary orders are made by the Lands Tribunal the Valuation Officer will issue directions for the alteration of the relevant Valuation Lists to accord with those orders and it will then be for the various rating authorities concerned to collect whatever further rates may be due. I cannot forecast when the Lands Tribunal orders will be made or when the additional rates will be paid.