§ Ms. Mowlam
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the liability of reservists with regard to the poll tax during the period in which they are in the Gulf.
§ Mr. Key
[holding answer 25 January 1991]: The advice issued to local authorities by my Department on 5 November 1990 about the community charge treatment of armed forces personnel serving in the Gulf indicated that it should also be applied to reservists. This would in general mean that their liability to the personal community charge should cease on the day that they are posted abroad and that no attempt to enforce payment of any sums outstanding in respect of their liability up to the date of posting should be made until their return. A copy of this advice has been placed in the Library of the House.