HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 c278W
Mr. Baldry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what further progress there has been, since his reply to the hon. Member for Banbury on 2 February,Official Report, column 356, in the finalising of rate limits for rate-capped authorities in 1989–90.

Mr. Ridley

I announced on 2 February that Tower Hamlets had accepted the proposed rate limit that I announced in December and that I was seeking the agreement of Hackney and Southwark to limits—113p and 97p respectively—which were higher than those I proposed in December. Southwark accepted the limit I proposed; and I have now agreed a rate limit of 122p with Hackney. In the four cases where I was not minded to agree an increase over the rate limits I proposed in December, I looked very carefully at all the relevant information and representations I had received. I was not persuaded, however, that I should take a different view from that which I announced on 2 February. I therefore yesterday laid an order before the House in draft. I have also now considered some later information I received from Camden, but remain unpersuaded that an increase in their limit would be appropriate. I shall therefore be seeking the approval of the House to the rate limits specified in the draft order.