§ Sir J. Henderson-Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of widespread complaint against the rating of village halls, and that these rates often impose a severe handicap48W
upon the local committees; and if he will consider some scheme of relief.
§ Mr. Maclay
I have no evidence of widespread complaint on this subject. Organisations which own halls and are within the scope of section 23 of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act, 1956, may apply for remission of rates to the local authority concerned. I cannot intervene in this process, nor do I have any proposals for altering the existing law.