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Second Schedule—(Transitional Provisions As To Valuation Of Statutory Water Undertakings)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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I beg to move, in page 23, line 30, to leave out "June, nineteen hundred and sixty-one" and to insert:

"the month beginning with the passing of this Act".
In order to get ready for applying the water formulae to the first new list in 1963, paragraph 6 of the Second Schedule requires statutory water undertakers to certify to the Commissioners of Inland Revenue the amount of water supplied in the years 1956 to 1960, and requires the certificate to be in the hands of the Commissioners by the end of June, 1961.

This seems, as we are now progressing, to be a little too early. It would leave the undertakers perhaps with no time but, at best, with less than a month in which to provide the certificate. The Amendment proposes that the date by which the certificate should be in the hands of the Commissioners should be one month beginning with the passing of this Act. My right hon. Friend is advised that that month would give ample time to the undertakers. The information already exists and it only needs to be collected and certified before being passed on.

Clearly, the Government have under-estimated the Opposition, but I would not wish to visit that on the statutory undertakers—unless they would undertake to bury the Government.

Amendment agreed to.