HC Deb 24 May 1966 vol 729 cc274-5
38. Mr. Hunt

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what representations he has received from municipal treasurers and others on the working of the Rating Act, 1966; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Crossman

One Yorkshire treasurer wrote to me on hearing about the hon. Gentleman's Question.

Mr. Hunt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have no influence on that particular gentleman? Is he also aware that many people are feeling that this Act is riddled with anomalies and is throwing an immense administrative burden on local authorities?

Mr. Crossman

I am grateful to the treasurers who collectively help me a great deal, particularly with regard to the issuing of an admirable booklet of simplification. I think the Act is working very well indeed.

Mr. Rippon

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are cases being cited of people who would really be entitled to relief but who are not getting it because they are out of time? Will he consider some action to put this matter right?

Mr. Crossman

I am glad that the right hon. and learned Gentleman mentioned that. The answer is, "Yes, Sir". I am considering this matter and am asking treasurers to realise that in this first period a certain latitude would be legitimate.