§ Brigadier Rayner
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the decision that no contributions in lieu of rates can be made on properties within the former battle training area near Kingsbridge, Devon, is causing dissatisfaction in that district; and what further action he proposes to take in the matter.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
I have carefully considered the representations made to me on this matter. The ground for paying contributions in lieu of rates is that the Crown as occupier of the hereditament would be liable for rates but for the Crown exemptions. I am afraid that I cannot see my way to authorise payment of such contributions in cases in which there is no Crown occupation, so that even apart from the Crown exemption there would be no liability.