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Local Government Finance

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects (a) to receive, (b) to publish and (c) to respond to the report of the Lyons Inquiry into local government finance. (114721)

Sir Michael Lyons’s report will be published around the time of Budget 2007. His work will inform the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007. Decisions on the Government’s response will be taken in light of the report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on council tax, what information on (a) town and (b) parish council tax precepts her Department collects for the collation of the yearly council tax datasets published by her Department each March; (114907)

(2) how many (a) parish and (b) town councils levy a precept on council tax in England.

The Department collects, from each billing authority and for each financial year, the figure for the aggregate amount of any precepts issued by local precepting authorities, or anticipated by the billing authority. Local precepting authorities comprise parish and town councils and similar bodies, such as parish meetings and charter trustees.