§ Mr. John McAllion (Dundee, East)
I wish to present a petition which prays that this honourable House should repeal the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987.
The petition comes from Tayside regional council. It has been signed by all the members of the Labour administration, including the convenor of the council, Mr. Ron Tosh, and the leader of the administration, Mr. Chris Ward. It has also been signed by the members of the Scottish National party group. Together with the Labour group, they make up a clear majority on Tayside regional council.
Both groups represent a clear majority of the people in Tayside. They reject the poll tax in Scotland for a number of reasons. It is unjust and unfair. It favours the rich. The tax will be costly to collect. Most people in Scotland believe it will be unworkable. It is also a serious infringement of the civil liberties of the Scottish people. It is the sincere wish of the Tayside regional council that the House repeal the Act.
§ To lie on the Table.