§ 23. Mr. Andrew George
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the council tax system. 
§ Ms Armstrong
An assessment of the council tax system was included in our Green Paper on modernising local government finance which we published in September 2000. We have recently published a summary of responses to the Green Paper on the DETR website and will announce our policy intentions for the local government finance system, including council tax, in a White Paper later this year.
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
According to the Valuation List for each local authority on 16 October 2000, 57 billing authorities have over 50 per cent. of their homes in council tax band A.