HC Deb 24 October 1972 vol 843 cc1143-4

Lords Amendment: No. 251, in page 274, line 36, at end insert: (iA) in a parish or community part of which is so subject, the part which is not so subject".

Mr. Speed

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. It will be convenient if we also discuss Amendments Nos. 252 and 253.

These Amendments meet a deficiency in the existing definition of a rating district. A rating district is the smallest unit into which a valuation list can be divided for purposes of raising differential rates. Under the General Rate Act, 1967, a rating district outside Greater London was a parish within the meaning and for the purposes of the General Rate Act, 1925—that is, any area subject to separate or differential rating.

Paragraph 9 of Schedule 13 to the Bill amends this definition to take account of changes to existing parishes both in England and Wales. Paragraph 9 as it stands, however, leaves a gap in the remaining part of a parish, or community in Wales, where part of it is subject to differential rating. These technical Amendments, almost of a drafting nature, repair this omission.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.

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