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Rates Income

Volume 892: debated on Friday 16 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the total contribution from (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic ratepayers in Scotland and the United Kingdom, in money terms, towards local authority expenditure in each of the last 10 financial years.

The figures are as follows:representations have been made to him in regard to the effects on the safety and legal rights of women of the recent Law Lords judgment that a man cannot be convicted of rape if be believes the woman consented; and what has been his reply.

A number of organisations and individuals have asked me to consider legislation to amend the law on rape so as to reverse the recent decision of the House of Lords in R. v. Morgan and Others. I am informing them that, as I stated on 15th May in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ashley)—[Vol. 892, c. 159.]—I have the judgment in this case and its implications under consideration.