asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he is able to publish details of the amounts claimed by local councillors in each council for attendance allowances since 1st April 1974; and, if no such figures are presently available, whether he will make it a practice to ask each council to provide them;(2) how many representations in respect of, and/or requests in connection with, actual and/or possible abuse of the attendance allowance, payable to local councillors in respect of the performance of an approved duty, have been received by him since the same was introduced.
My right hon. Friend has received a good deal of correspondence on this subject, but the details mentioned by the hon. Member are not available. My right hon. Friend is writing to the local authority associations on matters connected with allowances, including the practical operation of the attendance allowance.