HC Deb 16 February 1965 vol 706 cc197-8W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government (1) if he will name the local authorities who have not acted on the advice given in his Department's Circular No. 49/61;

(2) if he will publish in tabular form the results of action taken by the local rating authorities towards the remission of rates granted under powers contained in the Rating and Valuation Act, 1961, in respect of sports grounds and playing fields; and if he will give examples of where action was taken and where no action was taken;

(3) to what extent local authorities are making use of their discretion to grant rate relief to sporting and other clubs; what action was taken by local authorities after they received his Department's circular; and if he will give in tabular form in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures of the variation in action taken and name the local authorities who have now taken action.

Mr. MacColl

Rating authorities are not required to inform my right hon. Friend of their decisions about rate relief under Section 11 of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1961. There would be no point in his seeking details of the use made of the discretionary power to reduce the rates of sports and other clubs, since this is a local matter.

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