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Local Government Finance

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of people who have not so far paid the poll tax; and if he will make a statement.

Gross capital expenditure on schools1
£000
1980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–881988–89
Clwyd4,2364,1794,0023,6594,0714,8305,6036,6645,959
Dyfed2,4612,6723,6354,0933,2682,5693,5575,3655,315
Gwent4,6823,0294,1554,9324,7354,9375,0205,8886,896
Gwynedd2,0601,6481,2201,1791,3011,8011,7092,2382,299
Mid Glamorgan4,4655,8315,5675,7375,3703,0964,3956,2556,260
Powys1,1641,3881,6932,2411,6191,0902,7202,4521,699
South Glamorgan2,1421,4692,5571,8491,9671,3842,1381,9203,980
West Glamorgan4,5893,7594,2413,2922,3313,2303,9075,0595,160
Total counties22,25423,97627,06826,98224,66222,93729,04935,84137,568
1 Includes nursery, primary, secondary and special schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was current spending on (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wales local education authorities for each of the years from 1980, inclusive and county by county.

I have made no such estimate. I have every confidence that the vast majority of Welsh charge payers are law-abiding and will pay their community charge.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average cost in Wales per person of collecting the poll tax.

The average cost in Wales per person of collecting the community charge will be about £7 in 1990–91 based on local authority budget returns.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received seeking changes in the poll tax legislation; and if he will make a statement.

I have received representations on a variety of matters. The Government are reviewing the operation of the community charge system. It is too early to say what changes might be made or whether legislation will be needed.