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Local Authorities (Expenditure)

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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44.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from local authorities regarding the cuts in Government grants to local authorities.

A number of authorities have made representations about the likely effect on their finances of the final decisions the Government have yet to announce about increase orders in respect of 1979–80 and the amount of grant support in respect of 1980–81. I shall announce these decisions in the context of the rate support grant settlement on 16 November.

57.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which local authorities have budgeted more than 10 per cent. below their needs as assessed by his Department for the current year.

52.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish a list of those authorities that have refused to restrain their expenditure.

I trust that all local authorities will take steps to restrain their expenditure. I do not have a list such as my hon. Friend requests.