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Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many rate increases have so far been reported to him; and whether the Greater London Council increase in rate of 80 per cent. is the largest percentage increase in England and Wales.

381 of the 403 rating authorities have now reported their general rates, and all 54 upper-tier authorities their precepts for 1975–76. The highest percentage increase compared with 1974–75 is 79 per cent. This figure relates to the precept of the Greater London Council, and does not include the Inner London Education Authority precept.