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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Agricultural Policy (15 Dec 2005)

David Borrow: If she will make a statement on reform of the common agricultural policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Agricultural Policy (15 Dec 2005)

David Borrow: May I refer my hon. Friend specifically to the current discussions in Hong Kong? Does he share my concern about the fact that, whereas we in the House of Commons face considerable pressure from civil society to reform agriculture policy by reducing subsidies and removing trade barriers, there seems to be no such pressure on politicians in France?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Bill (12 Dec 2005)

David Borrow: I am grateful for being called to contribute to this debate. I apologise to the Secretary of State and the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) for missing most of their contributions as a result of parliamentary business. The two statements affected my timetable this afternoon. I welcome the Bill and the mechanism for scrutinising and eventually debating it. Several Parliaments use a...

Written Answers — International Development: Mosquito Nets (Africa) ( 1 Dec 2005)

David Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to assist in the purchase of mosquito nets in Africa; and if he will list the aid provided to each country for this purpose.

Written Answers — Defence: Defence Industrial Strategy (14 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation his Department undertook in preparing the defence industrial strategy.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (14 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the percentage increase in (a) Government grant and (b) council tax was for each county council between 1996–97 and 2005–06; (2) what the percentage increase was in (a) Government grant and (b) council tax for each county council between 2004–05 and 2005–06.

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Did my hon. Friend see the photographs in the newspapers over the last few days of a fairly modest bungalow—in Dorset, I believe—that was up for sale for about £1 million? The bungalow looked similar to many properties in my constituency and, doubtless, in my hon. Friend's constituency. Does he believe that all those properties should be in the same tax band?

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: My hon. Friend has been generous in giving way. May I try to help him on this point yet again? Many hon. Members wish to be reassured about whether he recognises that the longer the current council tax list continues without a revaluation, the more that list becomes unstable and unsustainable.

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Will the hon. Gentleman clarify the position of the Conservative party? Is it in favour of a 2007 revaluation? If not, why has it tabled an amendment that would have the effect of ensuring that a 2007 revaluation takes place?—[Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Does my hon. Friend agree that some lessons can be learned from the success of the revaluations of business rates? Since 1990, they have stuck to a five-yearly sequence. The Government should aim for the same success with council tax and the regularity of its revaluation.

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: My hon. Friend has mentioned the Conservative party's amendment and the fact that it calls for a cancellation. Is he aware that if we decided to vote for the Conservative amendment, we would ensure a 2007 revaluation of council tax?

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Does my hon. Friend share my worry that a long delay before a council tax revaluation will exaggerate the inequalities that already exist? Does she agree that given the link with Government grant, the longer we put off revaluation, the longer the amount of grant that goes to each local authority will not reflect the economic success or failure of each locality?

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is no truly perfect form of tax? The art of local government is to have a good basket of taxes that overall leads to as much fairness as possible. A property tax should be part of that basket of taxes.

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Does my hon. Friend agree that when reputable bodies have recommended that a local income tax would be viable—the Layfield commission in the 1970s is a classic example—it has always been alongside a property-based tax, not as a substitute for it?

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: In getting back to the subject of this Second Reading debate, I should begin by pointing out that, as a member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, and of the Society of Clerks of Valuation Tribunals, I have some professional involvement in this area. I have certain predetermined views on local government finance. I should also make it clear that I see some merit in the...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: I shall deal with that point now. Let us contrast such revaluations with the revaluation of business rates. Since business rates were nationalised in 1990, we have stuck to five-yearly revaluations, which have been supported by all those affected. Their argument is not that because no big changes have occurred in a given five-year period, there should be no revaluation. Rather, the argument...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: I come back to the experience of regular revaluations for business rates. When revaluations took place in the 1990s, some parts of the country experienced booms in property rents and certain classes of property had large increases in comparison with others. Provided that we have regular revaluations and some sort of transitional relief in place, we have a way of coping with the problem. We do...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill ( 7 Nov 2005)

David Borrow: Would the hon. Lady prefer the council tax revaluation to be postponed until the review of local authority funding is published, or would she prefer it to go ahead and then have the review of local government finance?


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