§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of council tax set by local authorities in Gloucestershire for the financial year 1994–95. 
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
The level at which an authority sets its council taxes is a matter for councillors to decide in the light of all its authority's circumstances. Only if an authority is designated under the "capping" provisions at section 54 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 would the Secretary of State take a view on whether an authority's budget requirement is excessive.