HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 c512W
64. Mr. Hamling

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he will take to lessen the burden of rates in Scotland.

65. Mr. Hamilton

asked what action has been taken by Her Majesty's Government in the last 15 months to alleviate the rate burden; and what further action he proposes.

Dr. Dickson Mabon

Grants for 1965–66 are expected to be more than £13 million above those for 1964–65. In addition to this, we have taken special action in the Rating Bill to assist ratepayers with low incomes, and it will be followed by legislation to implement the major financial changes which we have announced in the White Paper on Local Government Finance.