HC Deb 06 May 1969 vol 783 cc45-6W
37. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what will be the cost of the Land Commission in 1969–70 as a result of the Budget proposals; how much money will be saved in the year; what staff reductions will be effected; what will be the economies with offices and otherwise; and whether he will now make a statement on the extent of the activities of the Commission.

Mr. K. Robinson

Although it will take a little time to work out in full detail the effect of the changes on staffing, offices and organisation, the modifications in betterment levy should lead directly to a reduction of some 150–200 in the staff of the Land Commission showing an annual saving of about £300,000 in staff costs. There will be reductions in charges for services provided for the Commission by other Departments. Only a proportion of the full annual saving will be achieved in 1969–70.

The extent of the Commission's activities remains otherwise unaltered.

58. Mr. Longden

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government by what authority the Land Commission has required a company, which in June 1968 transferred land purchased in April 1966 to an associated company for a consideration showing no profit to the transferor company, to pay a levy of £800.

Mr. K. Robinson

The Land Commission derives its authority for making assessment to levy from Part III of the Land Commission Act, 1967.