HC Deb 21 May 1979 vol 967 c66W
Mr. Pawsey

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, in view of the inequities of the rating system, whether he will bring forward proposals to amend the system, in order to take account of ability to pay.

Mr. King

While I am very conscious of the difficulties posed by the rating system, for the time being cutting income tax must take priority over the abolition of domestic rating.