HC Deb 22 May 1974 vol 874 c171W
Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will move to set up a Select Committee into the rating system.

Mr. Oakes

Our immediate priority must be to improve the distribution of the rate support grant for 1975–76. But as my right hon. Friend told the hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) on 8th May—[Vol. 873, c. 145.]—he does not rule out the possibility of a more thoroughgoing long-term review of the rating system and I note my hon. Friend's suggestion.

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