asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received regarding a meeting with Edinburgh district council to discuss its budget; and if he will make a statement.
On 14 June Edinburgh district council requested a meeting with my right hon. Friend to discuss its representations against his proposal to reduce its rate by 5·2p. On 17 June my right hon. Friend and I met representatives of the council.
My right hon. Friend will now be considering, in the light of these representations, whether and in what terms to lay a report before Parliament seeking approval to a reduction in the council's rate.