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Local Government Finance

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each year since 1978 the weight of (a) rates and (b) water and sewerage rates in the retail prices index together with the implied domestic rate contribution to local government expenditure.

The weights in the retail prices index, to the nearest part per thousand, have been as follows:

Domestic rateWater and sewerage charges
1978322
1979286
1980265
1981288
1982338
1983359
1984379
1985369
1986338
1987427
1988437
1989427
The weights relate only to the households covered by the index and do not provide estimates of aggregate contributions to local government expenditure.