HC Deb 05 February 1997 vol 289 c623W
22. Mr. David Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he has taken to ensure that local authorities collect outstanding local taxes. [12904]

Mr. Kynoch

The responsibility for the administration of local taxes, including the recovery of arrears, rests solely with the local authority concerned. However, on 17 January my right hon. Friend announced that he was prepared to offer local authorities an additional £3 million to invest on improving council tax and community charges collection.