Rating Reform

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr Ian Gow Mr Ian Gow , Eastbourne 12:00 am, 28th January 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received seeking the introduction of the community charge in Northern Ireland.

Photo of John Stanley John Stanley The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The representations that my right hon. Friend has received from members of the public currently amount to one letter.

Photo of Mr Ian Gow Mr Ian Gow , Eastbourne

Why are the inestimable benefits of the community charge to be conferred upon the people of Tonbridge and Mailing, and even Eastbourne, but withheld from the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone?

Photo of John Stanley John Stanley The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his enthusiastic support for the community charge, which is certainly shared in Tonbridge and Mailing and Eastbourne. However, my hon. Friend is well aware that the structure of local government and the financial arrangements for local government in the Province are very different from the rest of Great Britain. My hon. Friend will be aware from my original answer regarding the community charge that we believe that it is right to monitor the progress in the Province.