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Drainage Rates

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what statutory powers exist to enable drainage rates to be shared by district council ratepayers in general rather than by ratepayers who live within the catchment areas of drainage boards alone.

Under Section 25 of the Land Drainage Act 1961, a district council may enter into an agreement with an internal drainage board to pay the board a sum equal to the drainage rates which would be otherwise levied on the owners and occupiers of rateable property within the district council's area and may treat the amount payable as a charge on the general rate.