HC Deb 23 March 1965 vol 709 cc294-5
3. Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what estimate he has now made of the total expenditure which will fall upon local authorities in 1965–66 as a result of the extra 6d. on petrol and diesel oil.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. James MacColl)

My right hon. Friend has not the information upon which to base an estimate and he does not think that the work involved in obtaining estimates from all local authorities would be warranted.

Mr. Morrison

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the average rate increase for just over 6 percent. of the authorities is over 13 percent. as opposed to only 8 percent. last year? Would he not agree that the 6d. increase in the fuel tax, in addition to various other Government measures, played a very great part in this increase?

Mr. MacColl

It is unlikely to have been as much as a 1d. rate anywhere.

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