§ Mr. Fenner Brockway
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that Mrs. Ada Bucknell, of Slough, is reimbused £29 paid in excess of rates owing to an error by an officer of the Inland Revenue Department.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The claim for reimbursement of rates is a matter for the local authority concerned, and my right hon. Friend has no power to intervene. No error was made by the Inland Revenue Department. It reduced Mrs. Bucknell's assessment for the current rate period as soon as it learned that she was not occupying the whole of the rated premises, but it has no power to reduce the assessment for earlier periods.