HC Deb 08 July 1980 vol 988 cc376-7
Mr. Fox

I beg to move amendment 132, in page 44, line 39, at end add— '(6A) Before making regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall consult such associations of local authorities as appear to him to be concerned and any local authority with whom consultation appears to him to be desirable.'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may take Government amendment No. 133.

Mr. Fox

This amendment protects rating authorities from the effect of retroactive reductions in rateable value, and provides that the block grant entitlement shall be recalculated if certain conditions are fulfilled. One of the conditions is that the net reduction in gross rateable value shall exceed a percentage to be specified in regulations. The amendment requires the Secretary of State to consult local authorities before specifying the percentage in the regulations.

Amendment No. 133 is a drafting amendment and in no way changes the meaning of the clause.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 133, in page 44, line 40, leave out 'such regulations'.—[Mr. Fox.]

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