§ 16. Mr. Hugh D. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in his review of the rating system, what consideration he has given to the level and distribution of rate burdens on the various classes of ratepayers in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
The current review of the rating system concentrates on alternatives to domestic rates, but the Government are concerned that any new arrangement should not increase the relative burden on commerce and industry. My right hon. Friend is considering the problems created by rates and valuation practice for various parts of the commercial sector and is seeking the Scottish valuation advisory council's views.