§ 37. Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will commission a study of unemployment levels with a view to establishing whether there is any correlation between levels of local authority rates and levels of unemployment.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
No. There is already clear evidence that the rate burden in some areas is sufficiently high to affect firms' decisions on their location. This is one of the reasons why early in the new year we shall introduce a Bill to control the rates set by certain high spending authorities.