§ Mr. Higgins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people are engaged in operating the rate rebate scheme.
§ Mr. King
The Department does not collect this information. The "Rate Collection Statistics 1979–80 Actuals", published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, gives details of total staff employed on rate collection—a copy is available in the Library of the House. However, it is not possible to determine the precise numbers engaged in the operation of the rate rebate scheme.