HC Deb 12 November 1968 vol 773 c197
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. Digby

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the ordinary member of the public cannot tell, from the literature sent to him, what is material development of a notifiable kind? These threats of a fine of £500 do not make the matter any clearer for the public.

Mr. Robinson

I can only repeat that the evidence in my possession shows that there is no widespread avoidance.