HC Deb 30 April 1986 vol 96 cc425-6W
24. Mr. Maxton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received on Scottish aspects of the Green Paper on rating reform.

Mr. Ancram

Over 180 representations have now been received from individuals and organisations. These include a number of formal and detailed responses to the proposals in the Green Paper. The level of response is gratifying bearing in mind that we are only half way through the consultation period, and I hope to receive many more comments on our proposals before the period ends on 31 July 1986.

25. Sir Hector Monro

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations he has had with the Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities about his new proposals on rating; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Rifkind

My hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for local government and the environment met representatives of the convention on 24 February. Further discussions at official level are now being held on the operational issues involved.

Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people he estimates will pay more under the proposed community charge than under the current rating system in the area of Dundee district council.

Mr. Ancram

In Great Britain as a whole 51 per cent. of households would be better off under the community charge on the assumptions set out in the Green Paper. I believe that the figures for Dundee will probably be about the same.