HC Deb 30 July 1930 vol 242 cc521-2W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will institute an inquiry into the operation and effects of the de-rating provisions applicable to productive industries; and if he will issue a statement showing the total amount of rates of which each of the principal industries have been relieved during the first year since the provisions came into operation?


I have been asked to reply. No; Sir. My right hon. Friend cannot undertake to institute such


It would require great labour to investigate all past borrowings by county councils. In the following table the figures of "amounts advanced" exclude all loans which have been entirely repaid. It should be rioted that the figures include loans which were not borrowed originally by county councils but the liability for which has been transferred to county councils by Act of Parliament.

an inquiry as the hon. Member suggests. As regards the latter part of the question, he has nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member by the Financial Secretary on 10th July.

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