HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc866-7W
Captain Plugge

asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make any statement as to the policy to be adopted with regard to the rating of houses in evacuable districts where the tenants, who have left for the country in view of the possibility of air raids, have left their furniture behind, mainly owing to their inability to obtain storage?

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Minister of Health whether it is proposed to introduce legislation to permit persons, who are on duty away from their homes in connection with the war, to secure any concession in rates while their furniture remains in their houses?

Mr. Elliot

The matter in question is only one of a number of rating and assessment problems arising out of war conditions. I understand that the Associations of Local Authorities have the whole position under consideration, and any representations they may make to me will receive careful consideration. In the meantime I could not usefully make any statement on this particular aspect of the problem.

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