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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester West 12:00 am, 20th January 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from Leicester city council about the effect of the poll tax on the residents of Leicester.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Minister of State (Department of Environment) (Local Government)

Leicester city council responded to the Green Paper "Paying for Local Government". It has made no subsequent representations.

Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester West

Is the Minister aware that, as a result of the poll tax, some 65 per cent. of Leicester citizens will pay more rates than they used to and that the average household, instead of paying £180 as now, will pay £220 —[HON. MEMBERS: "Reading"]—and that a household with two adults is likely to pay 21 per cent. more tax? In such circumstances, all the figures should be read out, not only by me, but by Conservative Members.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Minister of State (Department of Environment) (Local Government)

The hon. and learned Gentleman's point would have a little more force if it was not based on a report that was flawed in certain fundamental respects, as was the report recently produced by Leicester city council. The figures that I announced last week show that, over the country as a whole, 53 per cent. of households will benefit from the introduction of the community charge. The charge will be of wider and greater benefit to everyone in this country because it will introduce a much fairer and more accountable method of paying for local government.