HC I [Rates (Opposition motion)]
|Document type:||public statement|
|Document kind:||House of Commons Intervention|
|Venue:||House of Commons|
|Source:||Hansard HC [875/1864-75]|
|Editorial comments:||2159-2228. MT intervened at c1875, raising a point of order after the division.|
|Themes:||Local government finance|
Question put, That the amendment be made:— 1865
The House divided: Ayes 289, Noes 298. 1873
Question accordingly agreed to. Resolved.
That this House, in view of the massive increases in rates in many areas greatly in excess of the growth of incomes, stresses the need for 1874a fundamental reform of the rating system; and urges Her Majesty's Government to introduce a measure of interim relief this year for the benefit of the worst affected and to provide that water and sewerage charges should rank for rate rebate.1875
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the decision of the House in favour of the motion, will [ Anthony Crosland] the Secretary of State undertake to make a statement on what he proposes to do about interim relief for the overburdened ratepayers during the next few days?
I shall take the most careful note of all the points made in this 1876bizarre debate, in which the Tory Opposition voted against all the policies of the Tory Government. I shall certainly consider the question that the right hon. Lady has raised, as a matter of courtesy to her and to the House, but the final verdict on all this will be given by the electorate, and they will well understand how much cant, humbug and hypocrisy has been spoken today.