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New Schools

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science to what extent the revenue costs of capital expenditure on new schools are taken into account when calculating the rate support grant; and whether the new system of calculating the rate support grant will take account of current rather than historic populations.

The revenue implications of capital expenditure are treated in the same way as other revenue expenditure for the purposes of calculating the total of relevant expenditure for rate support grant purposes. The method of calculating each authority's "standard expenditure" or share of that total relevant expenditure for the purposes of the new RSG No. system is currently under discussion with the local authority associations, and decisions have yet to be taken.