§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his proposals for rating reform, with particular regard to water and sewage rates.
§ Mr. King
Consultation on the Government's Green Paper "Alternatives to Domestic Rates" (Cmnd. 8449) was concluded on 31 March and the submissions received are now being considered. The National Water Council is aware of the need to consider carefully the implications of the Government's eventual decision for water industry charging practices.