§ Mr. Enright
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many of the responses he received to his consultation paper "A New Tax for Local Government", were in favour of retaining the uniform business rate; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Key
Although the consultation paper included no proposals for changes to the uniform business rate, we received representations from eight local authorities, and a number of other organisations and individuals, in favour of its retention.
Copies of all responses were placed in the Library on 14 October.