HC Deb 11 December 2001 vol 376 cc771-2W
Mr. Beith

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason Ulgham was not included in the list of disadvantaged wards in Northumberland eligible for stamp duty relief; and whether it was his policy to include in that list any ward which met the Objective 2 measure of deprivation. [21746]

Mr. Boateng

For England, the exemption is available for the 15 per cent. most deprived wards as identified by the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000. The ward of Ulgham, in the Castle Morpeth district, does not fall within this category. The qualifying areas were identified by reference to each country's most recent index of deprivation.