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Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimated average local authority rate increase for 1982–83; and if he will make a statement.

Domestic rates for 1982–83 in England are estimated to have increased by 15–16 per cent. above the average level in 1981–82. Final estimates will not be available until all authorities have sent my Department their rate demand notes.