§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if it is his intention, under the provisions of clause 6 of the Local Government Finance Bill, to require local authority social workers to provide changes of their clients' addresses to community charge registration officers;
(2) what use will be made of social service department records in building up community charge registers.
§ Mr. Howard
Community charges registration officers will be able to request information from their own or any other local authority for the purpose of carrying out their functions. It is intended that regulations under schedule 2 will limit the information to be supplied about individuals to names and addresses and the dates on or between which they were known to the local authority. The regulations will not permit source documents, or the reasons for an individual being known to a local authority, to be passed to a registration officer; nor will they empower local authorities to volunteer information without a specific request from a registration officer.