HC Deb 19 December 1990 vol 183 c288
20. Mr. McAllion

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the review of the operation of the poll tax in Scotland to be completed.

Mr. Allan Stewart

The timetable for the review of the community charge is under consideration.

Mr. McAllion

Did the Minister read the report in Monday's Financial Times, which said that the Government's own civil servants favour a return to the old rating system, with a staged transfer of education from local to central Government? Is that report accurate and, if so, will the Minister support its application in Scotland?

Mr. Stewart

I do not comment on newspaper reports —[Interruption.]—necessarily. However, I can tell the hon. Gentleman that the hon. Member for Eastwood well remembers rating revaluation in Scotland.

Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker—

Mr. Speaker


Mr. Dalyell

It arises out of questions.

Mr. Speaker

That may be so, but I will take points of order arising out of questions, or any other points of order, after the statement.