§ Mr. ATKEY
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, in the valuation list for the parish and city of Nottingham recently deposited for the inspection of the ratepayers prior to its adoption for rating purposes for the year 1920–21, the gross estimated rentals of practically all the dwelling-houses in Nottingham, in respect of which the occupiers directly pay local rates, have been increased by 10 per cent. with a corresponding increase in the rateable value, and that with rare exceptions there has been no increase whatever in the rents of such dwelling-houses, and to the further fact that in the same city the gross estimated rentals of many business premises have been greatly increased, with corresponding increases in the rateable values; and whether, having regard to the abnormal conditions at present prevailing, any general re-valuation for rating purposes is desirable?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I was not previously aware that there had been a re-valuation in Nottingham. The Government do not regard general re-valuations of property as desirable at the present time, but, as the hon. Member is aware, assessment committees are empowered to undertake such valuations where they consider they are required.