To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the level of council taxes in England for the 2003–04 financial year. 
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Minister for Local Government and the Regions, the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Mr. Raynsford) to the hon. Member on 2 April 2003, Official Report, column 901W.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average rate of council tax increase was in each financial year since 1996–97. 
The table sets out the average council tax increase and change in increase in average council tax on the previous year (in percentage points) for each year.
|Increase in average council tax (percentage)||Change in increase in average council tax on previous year (percentage points)|