HC Deb 03 December 1975 vol 901 cc626-7W
69. Mr. Paul Dean

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions he has had with representatives of the self-employed about the burden of rates on their businesses.

Mr. John Silkin

None, but I have received a large number of letters on this subject from owners of small businesses as part of a campaign organised by the National Chamber of Trade. In reply I have said that, whilst I have a good deal of sympathy with commercial ratepayers any major changes in the rating system must await the report of the Lay-field Committee of Inquiry into Local Government Finance.

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