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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:09 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 6:09 pm, 4th July 2005

I am asking these questions in a spirit of genuine inquiry. On the point made by Sir John Butterfill, does the hon. Gentleman accept that because labour is more mobile than property, such differentials in local income tax are likely to produce a rapid movement in labour—that is, people moving into lower income tax councils—than is currently the case with council tax?