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Rating Reform

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what response he has given to the Data Protection Registrar's representations about the poll tax register.

The comments made by the Data Protection Registrar on the draft Community Charges (Registration) (Scotland) Regulations, are, like all other comments made on the draft Regulations, currently under consideration. I will be responding to the points made by the registrar shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he will take to make sure that information from the Community Charge Registrar will not be disclosed for public inspection, or supplied, other than for purposes directly connected to the specific operation of the new charge.

The provisions for inspection of the community charges register are set out in section 20 of the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987. The information to be made available for public inspection consists essentially of the names and addresses of those registered as liable for the community charges, which is a matter of legitimate public interest.