asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will forecast the average percentage rate increase likely to be levied by local authorities in Greater London for 1975–76 on the assumption that these authorities follow the guidelines set out in his Department's Circular 171/74.
It is not possible for me to make such a forecast. It is for individual authorities to make decisions on their expenditure in the light of the guidance in Circular 171/74.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will ensure that statements made to London ratepayers by officials of his Department make it clear that his forecast of a 25 per cent. average rate increase for 1975–76 does not apply to local authorities in Greater London.
I have always acknowledged that there will be variations around the figure of 25 per cent. and that London's particular problems will mean the average rate increase for London boroughs will be significantly above 25 per cent.