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Rates

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will refer to the National Board for Prices and Incomes the impact of rates upon the householder.

The First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
(Mr. George Brown)

No, Sir. We are tackling this problem in other ways.

Will the right hon. Gentleman inform the House whether he thinks that we can expect trade unions or employers to accept the implications of the incomes policy when rates alone increased last year by over 14 per cent.?

I fear that this has been a feature of life for a long time. The present Government, unlike their predecessors, have already announced that they are about to introduce a rating Bill which will help householders very much and give overdue assistance.