§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can give any estimate as to how many (a) domestic ratepayers and (b) commercial ratepayers qualify for relief in Edinburgh, on the basis of 351W the assessor's initial revaluation before considering any appeals under the terms of the Rating (Revaluation Rebates) (Scotland) Bill.
§ Mr. Ancram
The Scottish Office does not hold the detailed information on the valuation of all properties in a local area on which such estimates of numbers qualifying in Edinburgh would have to be based. I have asked Lothian region to provide my hon. Friend with what estimates it may have available for the Edinburgh area.