§ Mr. WATT
asked the Secretary for Scotland how many counties in Scotland have increased their total rates since the beginning of the War; how many have lowered their rates, and in how many have they 1585W remained stationary; and does he propose to take any step further on his former circular to impress on county councils the necessity for economising in every way in war time?
§ Mr. MUNRO
I would beg to refer my hon. and learned Friend to my reply to a similar question asked by him on 15th March last, the terms of which are still applicable to the position. County council rates vary largely in the different districts of a county, and without an elaborate return I cannot give the detailed information desired. I believe that county councils and local authorities generally are fully alive to the necessity of economy.