§ Mr. BARKER
asked the Minister of Health the approximate amount of financial benefit that is expected to accrue from the Local Government Bill to the following local authorities, Abertillery, Abercarn, Nantyglo, and Blaina?
The hon. Member will appreciate that it is impossible to give any precise figures of the rate relief which will be secured in 1930–31 and subsequent years by any particular area under the provisions of the Bill until the facts on which the grants will be based have become available not only for that area but for the whole country. The estimates, based on figures for 1926–27, which have been used by my Department for the purpose422W of illustrating the working of the scheme indicated that (apart from the rate-relief to be given specially in respect of mines and other industrial properties, freight transport undertakings, and agricultural land and buildings) the rate relief in respect of dwelling houses and similar properties might be approximately in Abercarn urban district 6d. in the £, in Abertillery parish, upwards of 2s. in the £, and in Nantyglo and Blaina urban district 5s. in the £.