§ Mr. Terlezki
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will introduce legislation to exempt residential homes for elderly people from liability to rates; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
I have been asked to reply.112W
Many residential homes for the elderly already receive full or partial relief from rates under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978. The Government have no plans to legislate in this area pending the introduction of the changes in local taxation set out in the recent Green Paper "Paying for Local Government" (Cmnd. 9714).