§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether, in view of the congestion caused in residential areas by the parking of cars on the streets, he will consider exempting 70W those who build private garages from corresponding increases in their rates.
§ Sir K. Joseph
No. To exempt newly built garages would lead to inequity between ratepayers whose premises already include a garage on which they pay rates and ratepayers who in the future construct a new one in conjunction with either new or existing premises. The parking of cars in residential streets is in any case due to many factors, and I doubt whether the rating of private garages ranks high among them.