Local Government Finance (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 29th January 1986.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Brown Mr Ronald Brown , Edinburgh Leith 3:32 pm, 29th January 1986

Is the Secretary of State aware that the people of Scotland pay into two kitties—one for the rate support grant and the other for rates? Someone who does not pay rates certainly pays into the overall contribution. Does he accept that the crisis in rating was deliberately and cynically caused by the Government who clawed back over £1·5 billion from the Scottish people? Is that not the answer—the rating system is not so bad; it has simply been made to look bad?