HC Deb 17 May 1999 vol 331 c246W
Mr. Green

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to remove from students liability for council tax; and if he will make a statement. [84394]

Mr. Meale

Although no individuals are exempt from council tax, certain types of dwelling are exempt and this includes dwellings occupied entirely by students. Where students share accommodation with non-students, the students are disregarded for the purposes of calculating the household's bill. It is our intention to amend the liability rules to exclude such students from being jointly and severally liable for the bill as soon as Parliamentary time and other priorities allow.