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Cost Of The Poll Tax Bureaucracy

EDM number 835 in 1989-90, proposed by John Home Robertson on 03/04/1990.

That this House notes that the poll tax registration officer for Lothian Region is taking legal action to force Lothian Regional Council to appoint a further 48 poll tax officials; recalls criticisms of the Council by the Secretary of State for Scotland on grounds of alleged overspending; welcomes the responsible action of the Council in protecting local services, including pensioners' free bus passes, and its prudent efforts to avoid further wasteful spending on the poll tax, which already has more than double the administrative costs of the rating system; agrees that the employment of 48 more poll tax staff would not be in the best interests of Lothian poll tax payers; and calls on the Government to abandon the poll tax on the grounds that it has now been shown to be as inefficient as it is unfair.

This motion has been signed by a total of 39 MPs.

John Home Robertson03/04/1990East LothianProposed
Nigel Griffiths03/04/1990Edinburgh SouthSigned
John Maxton03/04/1990Glasgow, CathcartSigned
Tam Dalyell03/04/1990LinlithgowSigned
Alistair Darling03/04/1990Edinburgh CentralSigned
Alexander Eadie03/04/1990MidlothianSigned
Gavin Strang03/04/1990Edinburgh EastSigned
William McKelvey04/04/1990Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
James Wray04/04/1990Glasgow ProvanSigned
George Foulkes04/04/1990Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleySigned
Andrew Faulds04/04/1990Warley EastSigned
Harry Ewing04/04/1990Falkirk EastSigned
John Cummings04/04/1990EasingtonSigned
Ronnie Campbell04/04/1990Blyth ValleySigned
Keith Bradley04/04/1990Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Alun Michael04/04/1990Cardiff South & PenarthSigned
John McAllion04/04/1990Dundee EastSigned
Roy Hughes04/04/1990Newport EastSigned
Ernie Ross04/04/1990Dundee WestSigned
Eric Illsley05/04/1990Barnsley CentralSigned
Norman Godman05/04/1990Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Alan Meale05/04/1990MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie18/04/1990Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Harry Barnes18/04/1990North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle19/04/1990Leeds WestSigned
Jeremy Corbyn19/04/1990Islington NorthSigned
Ian McCartney19/04/1990MakerfieldSigned
Kim Howells19/04/1990PontypriddSigned
Jimmy Hood19/04/1990ClydesdaleSigned
Martin Redmond19/04/1990Don ValleySigned
Peter Pike19/04/1990BurnleySigned
Robert Parry23/04/1990Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Denzil Davies25/04/1990LlanelliSigned
Alice Mahon26/04/1990HalifaxSigned
Tommy Graham26/04/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Brian Wilson26/04/1990Cunninghame NorthSigned
Jack Thompson16/05/1990WansbeckSigned
Martyn Jones05/06/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
John Smith07/06/1990Vale of GlamorganSigned

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