§ Mr. MacLAREN
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the total net rateable value and total area, and what amount of local taxation is paid, respectively, in the case of the agricultural land which is charged with reduced rates under the provisions of the Agricultural Rates Acts, and of the farmhouses, farm buildings, and farm cottages attached to such agricultural land and separately rated?
I have been asked to reply. I would remind the hon. Member that in England and Wales the rateable values of farmhouses and farm buildings respectively are not shown separately in the valuation lists now in force, and are not required to be shown separately until the first new valuation lists under the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925, are prepared. Those lists will come into force in some areas on 1st April, 1928, and in other areas on 1st April, 1929. The available information is that the rateable value of "agricultural" land in England and Wales on 1st April, 1926, was £26,065,000, and 2289W that the amount of rates paid during the year ended 31st March, 1927, in respect of such land was, as nearly as can be estimated, £4,250,000.