§ Sir Russell Johnston
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to abolish the present 40 per cent. relief for non-domestic rates.
§ Mr. Lang
At present industrial derating, at the level of 40 per cent., applies to all manufacturing industry in Scotland. We have made it clear that industrial derating will continue to have a place in Scotland until the reform of the non-domestic rating system is complete. The appropriate level of derating after 1990 will be considered in the light of the results of the forthcoming revaluation.