§ 21. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is satisfied that there is no avoidance in the payment of betterment levy as a result of developers failing to notify the Land Commission of the intended development; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
I am satisfied that there is no widespread avoidance of betterment levy through failure to notify intended development. The Commission use a variety of sources to ensure both that the requirement to notify them of intended development is observed, and that failures to notify come to their notice. Moreover, the penalties for failure to notify are heavy enough to serve as a deterrent.
§ Mr. Robinson
I can only repeat that the evidence in my possession shows that there is no widespread avoidance.