HC Deb 30 January 1985 vol 72 cc202-3W
Mr. Fairbairn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many households there are in Scotland; how many people are currently on the electoral register in Scotland; and what is the total amount of revenue from rates provided by (a) commerce, (b) industry and (c) householders.

Mr. Ancram

Estimates of the numbers of households in Scotland are published annually by my Department in "Scottish Housing Statistics"; the 1985 issue will contain the 1984 estimate of 1.84 million. Electoral statistics are published annually by the Registrar General for Scotland; in 1984 there were some 3.957 million people on the electoral register in Scotland. Estimates of revenue from rates are published by the Scottish branch of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in "Rating Review"; in 1984–85 it is estimated that commerce will pay rates of £430 million, industry £180 million and householders £410 million. All the publications mentioned may be found in the Library of the House.

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