HL Deb 03 August 1897 vol 52 cc199-200

Where any special drainage district has been formed under this Act, or any of the Acts hereby repealed, the expense incurred by the local authority for sewerage or drainage within the same, or for the purposes thereof, and the sums necessary for payment of any money borrowed therefor either before or after the passing of this Act, together with the interest thereof, shall be paid out of a special sewer assessment which the local authority shall raise and levy on and within such special distinct, in the same manner and with the same remedies and modes of recovery as are hereinafter provided for the public health general assessment.

Provided that where a special drainage district has been formed under the provisions of this Act or any of the Acts hereby repealed or of any Act, and the drainage works therein Lave been executed and are maintained under the authority of such Act, the lands and premises situated within such special district shall not be liable to assessment for the expense of making sewers and drainage works in other parts of the district of the local authority.

LORD BALFOUR moved to insert, before "Where," "In any burgh or." In the Act of 1871, which was one of the Acts this Bill proposed to consolidate these words were found. In all burghs where there had been exceptionally high rating for drainage or water supply, whether or not there had been a special district formed, the limit of rating at present was 2s. 6d., and not 1s., as it would become if this Amendment were not accepted. He could not understand how the words had been dropped out; he supposed they must have been dropped in the course of making the changes agreed to as the Bill was passing through Committee. If this Amendment were not passed a serious alteration would be made to the detriment of a large number of burghs, because they would be prevented from rating beyond 1s. for sanitary purposes.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: After "such," insert "burgh or."—(Lord Balfour.)

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 134,—