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Armed Forces: Council Tax

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 130W, on the armed forces: council tax, what options are being considered; when he expects to publish his proposals; and what powers there are to ensure that his proposals are implemented across the United Kingdom. (133164)

We are discussing with Communities and Local Government both statutory and non-statutory options for providing support for the council tax costs in England of service personnel deployed on operations abroad. We wish to find a solution to this as soon as possible.

Any decision to implement a statutory council tax discount scheme in Wales and Scotland, or a new domestic rate relief in Northern Ireland would be entirely a matter for the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly.