HC Deb 22 May 1985 vol 79 cc430-1W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland against which authorities he proposes to take action on the grounds of excessive and unreasonable expenditure.

Mr. Younger

I have decided to initiate action in terms of section 5 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966 in respect of Edinburgh district council on the grounds that its planned expenditure for 1985–86 is excessive and unreasonable. A letter has today been sent to the council proposing a rate reduction of 5.2p and inviting it to make representations about the proposed reduction.