HC Deb 08 May 1987 vol 115 c963 9.34 am
Mr. Harry Greenway (Ealing, North)

I beg to ask leave to present a petition to The honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the Greenford Residential Group for the Environment, showeth That Ealing Council is demanding an extravagant increase in rates from the residents of Greenford, and the rest of the borough of Ealing to which we object most strongly. The petition is signed by a large number of residents especially from the Greenford area. It stands in the name of Mr. N. D. Keating and Mrs. C. A. Keating, chairman and secretary respectively of the Greenford Residential Group for the Environment. They are protesting most vigorously with thousands of other signatories against the horrendous, hideous and totally unjustified rate increase by Ealing Labour council of 65 per cent. for domestic ratepayers and 57.3 per cent. for industrialists.

Domestic ratepayers are finding it extremely difficult, and many find it impossible, to pay the horrendous increase. The increase in industrial rates is expected to threaten jobs, has already caused people to lose jobs and will increase prices.

As I have said, there are thousands of signatories. Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will do everything in its power to help us in our protest against this outrageous rates increase. And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

Mr. Speaker

It would be for the convenience of the House if the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) presented his second petition now.