asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the cost of the rating and valuation service in Scotland in each of the past five years.
On the basis of information provided by local authorities for the years 1981–82 to 1985–86 inclusive, current expenditure by regional and islands authorities on lands valuation and the collection of rates is as follows:
|Local authority current expenditure on:|
|Lands valuation £000 (cash)||Collection of rates £000 (cash)|
1. All information is taken from expenditure returns provided by local authorities.
2. The figures for 1981–82 to 1983–84 are final or near final outturns; the figures for 1984–85 and 1985–86 are provisional outturns and budget estimates respectively.
3. The figures for collection of rates for all years include the cost of administering rate rebates.