§ Mr. Lubbock
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will seek to extend the application of the Rating (Interim Relief) Act, 1964, to take into account rate rises caused by the increase in Bank Rate to 7 per cent.
§ Mr. Crossman
No. The Act was specifically directed to alleviating the impact of the 1963 revaluation and relief can be based only on a comparison between rates in 1962–63 and in 1964–65. Any new legislation must await the outcome of the Government's examination of local government finance and the rating system.