HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 c236W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of the total value of revenue lost to local authorities by non-payment of non-domestic rates; if he will publish a table showing the value of unpaid non-domestic rates for each(a) regional and (b) district authority in cash terms for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart

In calculating the amounts which levying authorities have to contribute to the non-domestic rating pool, the Scottish Office Environment Department assumes that authorities will write off 1 per cent. of non-domestic rate income annually. Information about the level of actual non-payment in individual authority areas is not held centrally. However, local authorities do not lose any revenue as a result of non-payment of non-domestic rates as within each authority's overall level of aggregate external finance—which comprises non-domestic rate income, revenue support grant and specific grants—any shortfall of non-domestic rate income is made up with revenue support grant.

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