HC Deb 21 July 1961 vol 644 c1648

Lords Amendment: In page 6, line 42, at end insert: (7) Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this section, where the annual value of any land for the purposes of any drainage charge would include a fraction of a pound, the fraction shall, if greater than ten shillings, be treated as one pound and shall in any other case be disregarded.

12.34 p.m.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. W. M. F. Vane)

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

This Amendment simplifies the administrative work of river boards by allowing them when making assessments for drainage charges to follow the usual procedure under the Rating and Valuation Act which allows assessments to be rounded up or down to the nearest pound. As it has been represented to us during the course of our discussions that the provisions of the Bill involve a considerable amount of work for river boards, I hope that the House will accept this Amendment, which is an effort to make their task simpler.

Mr. Frederick Willey (Sunderland, North)

We accept this Amendment as a sensible provision. There is no question of our opposing it.

Question put and agreed to. [Special Entry.]