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Local Authorities (Derating Losses)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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67.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations were made to him recently by three Scottish local authority associations on the losses which they sustain through de-rating; and what was his reply.

On 2nd July the Minister of State, Scottish Office, received a deputation from the associations who urged that compensation for the loss of rateable value due to de-rating should be given without delay. The Minister promised careful consideration of the views expressed, and repeated the assurance that the equalisation grant arrangements in Scotland will be further reviewed when Lord Sorn's Committee on valuation and rating have reported and the result of the revaluation now being carried out in England and Wales is known.

68.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that Glasgow Corporation lose £1 million per annum owing to derating, and that no existing Exchequer grant assists them in meeting this loss; and what action he will take to enable Glasgow to recover this loss.

My right hon. Friend is aware of the position in Glasgow and, as regards the last part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given to his previous question.