§ MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister, in view 1422 of the increase in the poor rate of the country, if he can state whether it is the intention of the Government to take steps having for their object the amending of the Agricultural Rates Act, 1904, and thereby relieve the burden somewhat of taxpayers in industrial centres.
§ MR. ASQUITH
The Amendment of the Agricultural Rates Act is part of the general question of the relation between local and Imperial taxation which is receiving careful consideration.
§ CAPTAIN MORRISON-BELL (Devonshire, Ashburton)
Has not the increase of rates been greater in the country districts than in the towns?