HC Deb 29 June 1943 vol 390 cc1484-5W
Mr. Hunter

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now in a position to give the terms of reference and the personnel of his proposed committee of inquiry into certain aspects of the rating system of Scotland?

Mr. Johnston

The terms of reference areTo review, with reference to post-war requirements, the Law and practice in Scotland in relation to

  1. (1) The valuation and rating of hydroelectric undertakings (with special reference to the recommendations of the Committee on Hydro-Electric Development presided over by Lord Cooper).
  2. (2) The effect of the existing system of rating on the provision of houses, and the question whether it is practicable and desirable to limit the maximum amount payable in respect of owners' rates.
  3. (3) The liability for rates in respect of empty or unused premises;
and to report.

The personnel of the Committee is as follows: Chairman: Mr. J. G. McIntyre, M.C., K.C. (Dean of the Faculty of Advocates).


  • Mr. Francis Beattie, D.L., J.P., M.P.
  • Major the Hon. Alastair Fraser, D.S.O.
  • (Member of Inverness County Council.
  • Mr. J. D. Imrie, C.B.E., J.P. (City Chamberlain, Edinburgh).
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  • Mr. C. II. Lockhart (Lands Valuation Assessor, Stirling County and Falkirk).
  • Mr. George Mathers, M.P.
  • Mr. John P. Morrison (Town Clerk, Paisley).
  • Mr. J. Welsh, J.P. (Member of Glasgow Town Council).