HC Deb 06 May 1969 vol 783 cc257-8
29. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what representations have been made to him to the latest convenient date about the operation of the Land Commission; and what reply he has sent.

Mr. K. Robinson

I have had a number of representations from hon. Members and from the general public, to which I have sent appropriate replies. There have been seven debates on the Land Commission this year and a White Paper was issued on 15th April on "Modifications in Betterment Levy".

Mr. Goodhew

Since the right hon. Gentleman has acknowledged that this is a very unjust business, why is he being so "wet" about it now? Why not be as strong as the Secretary of State for Social Services was yesterday when he faced the facts of the situation and went back on previous policy? Will the right hon. Gentleman not indulge in some retrospective legislation in this case?

Mr. Robinson

Since I have not acknowledged what the hon. Gentleman has alleged that I have acknowledged, the second part of his supplementary question regarding my humidity does not therefore arise.

Mr. Hooley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that attempts to abate levies and taxation on totally unearned increments of wealth and property of this kind would be unwelcome to this side of the House?