HC Deb 17 March 1964 vol 691 cc153-4W
Mr. Woof

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) if he will introduce legislation to give relief to the rate burden in rating areas where the lack of industrial hereditaments has an adverse effect on the rate revenue;

(2) if he will introduce legislation to give rate relief benefit to aged residential occupiers in rating areas where industry has declined.

Sir K. Joseph

These and similar questions will fall to be considered in the light of the report of the Allen Committee and the outcome of the Government's general review of central and local government finance. Most rating areas which lack industrial hereditaments, including those in the hon. Member's constituency, already have their deficiency in rateable resources made good by rate-deficiency grants.