asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much transport revenue support grant in the county of Lancashire represents per capita; and how this compares with the allocation per head in the Greater London Council, Greater Manchester and Merseyside areas, respectively.
From next April local authorities will receive Government assistance towards their transport expenditure through both rate support grant and, if their accepted transport expenditure exceeds a threshold, transport supplementary grant. It is not possible to say how much of the rate support grant received by local authorities in Lancashire is for transport purposes. For these reasons, comparison of overall supplementary grant figures alone would be misleading. Within its overall allocation, each county received supplementary grant on its own estimate of revenue support contributions in 1974–75 plus a 20 per cent. margin. Lancashire's grant for this purpose was £0·08 per head. The figures for Greater London, Greater Manchester and Merseyside were £10·6, £2·7 and £4, respectively.