asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the original estimates and the latest estimates of grants to each of the counties of Wales for 1974–75 for the expenditures which will be covered in 1975–76 by the new transport supplementary grants.
The information is as follows:
|Original estimate (£m.)
|Out-turn forecast (£m.)
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what representations he has received from local authorities on his decisions on the level of local transport expenditure accepted for each county for 1975–76;(2) why the threshold level of local transport expenditure for Welsh counties was lower than that for English counties.
Lower thresholds mean higher grants, and the Welsh formula therefore represents a measure of additional assistance for Welsh local authorities in those instances where the safeguard threshold was not an advantage. Local authority officials have, naturally enough, made it clear that they would have liked higher levels of expenditure to have been accepted, but I believe that the necessity for the limitation of public expenditure in the national interest has been recognised.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated expenditure on local transport by each county in 1974–75; what is the level of expenditure accepted by him for each county in 1975–76; and what change this represents in each case over 1974–75.
The accepted levels of expenditure for the purposes of transport supplementary grant for the year 1975–76 at November 1973 prices are: