§ Mr. Clifford Forsyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will explain the methodology employed in striking the regional rate for Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Ian Stewart
[holding answer 10 April 1989]: I refer the hon. Member to the explanation of the regional rate methodology given in the information note "Northern Ireland Regional Rate 1989–90" which is available in the House of Commons Library in support of the Rates (Regional Rate) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 which was laid before Parliament on 7 March 1989.