HL Deb 25 January 1972 vol 327 c277

My Lords, I beg to move that the Draft Rate Rebates (Limits of Income) (Scotland) Order 1971 be approved. In Scotland, the rating year is different from that in England and Wales and in consequence they have different income assessment periods. This explains the different date of coming into operation of the Scottish Draft Order. With those few words I commend this Order to your Lordships.

Moved, That the Draft Rate Rebates (Limits of Income) (Scotland) Order 1971, laid before the House on December 14, 1971, be approved.—(Lord Mowbray and Stourton.)


My Lords, from this side this Order, too, is welcomed, in that it makes some allowance for inflation which has occurred and continues. Apart from the different dates, the Order achieves the same results as the Order we have just approved. It might, however, be of interest to note that according to the Allen Committee, which sat in 1965, rates, as a percentage of disposable income, were higher in Scotland than in England and Wales, ranging from 2.6 per cent. for those with £30 a week to 7.9 per cent. for those with £6 to £10 a week and no less than 9.8 per cent. for those with not more than £6 a week. We shall not oppose the Order.

On Question, Motion agreed to.