Parliamentary Questions - Written Replies

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REVENUE TARGET: Tax and collection offices have set a target to reply to all letters in 28 days, Stephen Dorrell, financial secretary, told Hugh Bayley (Lab, York). Offices aim to meet the target in at least 90 per cent of cases. In the remaining cases, responses will tell the customer when the letter will be dealt with.

COUNCIL RENTS: The average weekly rent of a council home has risen from pounds 14.03 in 1983-84 to pounds 27.41 in 1991-92, Anthony Baldry, under-secretary at the Department of the Environment, told Clive Betts (Lab, Sheffield Attercliffe).

ASSISTED PLACES: pounds 78.9m was spent on the scheme for 27,641 pupils in 1991-92, Eric Forth, education under-secretary, told Hilary Armstrong (Lab, North West Durham).