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Clause 4—(Valuation Of County And Voluntary School Premises)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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I beg to move, in page 3, line 14, to leave out "valuation" and to insert:

"any valuation lists coming into force after the passing of this Act, being".
I do not think that this Amendment will give rise to the contention which the last one aroused. It is put down in fulfilment of an undertaking which I gave in Committee.

This Clause empowers the Minister to make regulations specifying the formula method for valuing county and voluntary schools. Some fear was expressed that, perhaps, the Government had the idea of rushing the formula method into statutory effect forthwith, without giving people time to think about the making of an order.

I said in Committee that I had no intention whatever of seeking to make an order under Clause 4 during the currency of the present valuation lists. This Amendment, if accepted, will ensure that result and will mean that any order made under Clause 4 cannot take effect before 1st April, 1963.

I think we can all agree with this Amendment and derive some amusement from the right hon. Gentleman's anxiety to defend formula methods after the previous debate.

Amendment agreed to.