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Petition (Rates)

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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I hope that you will allow me, Mr. Speaker, to make use of a point of order to draw attention to an error that has appeared in the Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings. On 21st March my hon. Friend the Member for St. Marylebone (Mr. Baker) and I presented a petition on behalf of the ratepayers of the City of Westminster. The ratepayers of Westminster were complaining about the burden of rates imposed by the Greater London Council and the Inner London Education Authority.

When the terms of the petition were published in the Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings on 24th March, an additional and quite imaginary authority, the Inner London Council, was added to the list. I should have picked this up at the time, but I did not read it as carefully as I should have done. I assumed that when it appeared in the Votes and Proceedings, it would be correct. When the Department produced its reply, it, too, picked up Inner London Council "and made it appear as though the ratepayers were complaining against the City of Westminster, which was not their intention.

We have therefore had a catalogue of errors in the proceedings of the House, and I should be grateful if it could he placed on the record that both the original report and the ministerial reply were in error. I do not know whether it is possible to do anything about it at this stage, but I hope that at least my statement of this correction will appear in Hansard.

I will consider the matter and see whether it is possible for me to unscramble this dish.