asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that the average rate in the £ levied in the administrative counties in England has risen from 11s. 4d. in 1932 to 20s. 11d. in 1953, particulars of which have been sent to him; and, in view of the fact that rates are a burden on industry, especially in the export trade, if he will do all in his power to restrict his demands on local authorities, arising from obligations laid down by statute.
My right hon. Friend is aware that rates rose between 1931–32 and 1952–53 approximately by the amount stated; the average rate for administrative counties in England for the year 1952–53 was 20s. 4d. On the second part of the Question, my right hon. Friend is continually urging local authorities to exercise economy in carrying out their duties