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Community Charge

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total amount of expenditure spent to date on reimbursing service personnel in Scotland in compensation for community charges that are above the average.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the average service community charge in Scotland, as calculated for the purposes of reimbursement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated average service community charge in England and Wales, as calculated for the purposes of reimbursement.

For the purposes of accommodation charge refunds after 1 April 1990, the average service community charge for England, Scotland and Wales will be used. The actual figure will be available shortly. My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces will write to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the percentage of service personnel in Scotland who are liable for community charges (a) below and (b) above the average, as calculated for the purposes of reimbursement.

Some 35 per cent. of personnel in service accommodation in Scotland in 1989–90 are paying community charge below the service average, and 65 per cent. are paying above the average. I have no information on the community charge liability of service personnel living in their own homes, who are not eligible for accommodation charge refunds.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the percentage of service personnel in Scotland who will be responsible for community charges above the average, as calculated for the purposes of reimbursement, but are not eligible for reimbursement of accommodation charges.

Some 50 per cent. of those in service accommodation, in 1989–90, fall into this category.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the percentage of service personnel in Scotland who will be responsible for community charges above the average, as calculated for the purposes of reimbursement, and will be eligible for reimbursement of accommodation charges.

Some 15 per cent. of those in service accommodation, in 1989–90, fall into this category.