§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the outstanding arrears of community charge in total and by each local authority on 31 March.
§ Mr. Curry
I estimate that the level of community charge arrears for local authorities in England at 31 March 1994 was between £1.5 and £1.6 billion. Authorities have,290W however, made provision for non-collection of £1.4 billion.
There is insufficient information available centrally to make a reliable estimate for each local authority. However, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy regularly publishes estimates for individual authorities: figures for 31 March 1993 are available in the Library of the House.