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Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement of the Government's policy towards the conclusions contained in the paper entitled "Rates in the Future" published by the council of the Rating and Valuation Association, a copy of which has been sent to him.

We shall take account of the association's views in framing our proposals on the reform of local government finance. We hope to announce those in a consultative document around the turn of the year.