HC Deb 23 March 1965 vol 709 c294
2. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is now able to announce the conclusions of the Committee set up to examine the formula governing the rating of gas, electricity, and transport boards.

Mr. Mellish

No, Sir. The Working Party on rating and valuation is still considering the formulae and a considerable amount of work remains to be done.

Mr. Shepherd

Can the hon. Gentleman give the House some idea when this Committee is likely to report? The circumstances and the conditions under which this legislation was previously enacted have changed so much in recent years that it is grossly unfair to local authorities that they should continue a moment longer than is necessary.

Mr. Mellish

This Working Party was reconvened in the autumn of 1963 and adjourned in January, 1964. It made requests to the local authorities and waited 10 months before it finally received replies from them. It has now started considering the matter again and, therefore, it is not the Working Party"s fault.