§ Mr. Rosindell:
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by how much on average has council tax in the United Kingdom risen since 1997. 
§ Mr. Raynsford:
Between 1997–98 and 2003–04, the average council tax per dwelling in England has increased by £344 or 61 per cent., from £564 to £908. During the same period, the average B and D council tax in England increased by £414 or 60 per cent., from £688 to £1,102.
Council tax figures for Wales and Scotland are a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Parliament respectively. Council tax does not exist in Northern Ireland.