HC Deb 04 November 1920 vol 134 cc596-7W
Colonel NEWMAN

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the heavy vote given at the recent borough councils election in favour of a reduction in municipal expenditure: and when the White Paper, which he has promised, on the burdens now imposed or about to be imposed on the ratepayers will be available?


I am aware of the results of the recent municipal elections. My hon. and gallant Friend has probably seen the White Paper which was circulated on Tuesday evening.


asked the Minister of Health if he will give in respect of local taxation and expenditure for the years 1914 and 1919 the total rateable value, the total expenditure, the total contribution from Imperial sources, and the total amount remitted under the several Agriculture and Tithe Rates Bills; the estimated effect on rateable value for 1920 of the rating provisions of the Housing (Additional Powers) Bill of 1920 and the estimated increased burden in 1920 over the year 1914 in respect of the application of the Civil Service scale to the employés of local authorities, the increased pay and pensions of the teaching staff and police force, the administration of the Housing and Land Settlement Acts, and all other burdens arising out of the passage of legislation in the years 1919 and 1920?


As regards the first part of the question, the particulars required are given in the appended table. With respect to the remainder of the question, I do not think I can do more at present than refer to the White Paper on the Increase of Rates.

The following particulars relate to England and Wales:

Items. Year ending 31st March.
1914. 1919.
£ £
1. Total receipts of local authorities from:
(i) Rates 71,276,000 84,500,000
(ii) Rates (included above) paid by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue under the Tithe Rent Charge (rates) Act, 1899. 171,300 243,900
(iii) Government Grants 22,520,000 28,920,000
(iv) Grant (included above) under the Agricultural Rates Act, 1896. 1,325,000 1,323,600
2. Total expenditure of local authorities, except expenditure out of loans (approx.). 148,260,000 194,360,000
3. Total rateable value of all rateable properties and of Government property in respect of which contributions in lieu of rates are paid. 223,560,000 231,805,000