§ Mr. Ridsdale
asked the Minister of Transport when it is intended to introduce legislation to amend the Merchant Shipping Act of 1894 so as to include general lighthouse authorities in the payment of rates on their properties.
§ Mr. Marples
The question of the rating of Trinity House property in England and Wales is one of the matters being considered by a Working Party of Departmental and local government representatives which was set up by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of 71W Housing and Local Government, in accordance with his announcement in the House on 16th April, 1959, to review rating and valuation. Until the recommendations of the Working Party have been considered it is not possible to decide finally what form any amending legislation should take.