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Volume 949: debated on Tuesday 2 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the names of those parishes in England whose domestic rate, including sewerage and water, has risen by over 25 per cent.; and if he will list these according to the magnitude of increase giving the percentage rise.

Details of parish rates for 1978–79 are not yet available. The information requested could not in any case be provided at reasonable cost since records of the 10,000-or-so parish rates are not maintained in a form which permits computer processing of the material and the boundaries of parishes and of sewerage and water charging areas frequently do not coincide.