§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the local authority associations in Wales concerning the Rates Bill; what was the response by the particular associations; and which of the local authorities in Wales have declared themselves in favour of the Rates Bill.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The local authority associations in Wales have been consulted on the White Paper on rates (Cmnd. 9008) but not on the Bill itself. They are opposed to the rate limitation powers being sought by the Government. Cardiff city council, with certain reservations, has expressed itself in favour of the Government's proposals.