Skip to main content

Rate Support Grant

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he intends to take in the light of the court decision on 21 October concerning the illegality of his action in withdrawing rate support grant payments from six local authorities; and what were the sums withheld from each of those authorities.

[pursuant to his reply, Monday 7 December 1981, c. 326]: I refer the right hon. Member to the replies my right hon. Friend gave to the right hon. Member for Brent, East (Mr. Freeson) on 9 November 1981 and the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Price) on 12 November 1981.—[Vol. 12, c. 30 & 150.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what sum in the rate support grant he is planning to hold back, as a penalty for alleged overspending, from each of the partnership and programme authorities listed in the parliamentary answer of 22 October, Official Report, cols. 187–188, on the same price basis as the figure given in that answer.

[pursuant to his reply, Monday 7 December 1981, c. 326]: Following is a table which takes into account the proposed exemptions announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 3 September, and revised budgets received during October. I must emphasise that these figures are only provisional because they will be ultimately affected by the authorities' actual outturn expenditure, and the GRE changes we propose to make in a supplementary RSG report, to be announced shortly.

Partnership Authorities£000's
Birmingham7,171
Gateshead442
Liverpool5,581
Manchester2,092
Newcastle-upon-Tyne1,181
Salford
Greenwich1,570
Hackney493
Islington
Lambeth3,661
Lewisham2,150
Southwark
Tower Hamlets2,512
Newham3,552
Programme Authorities£000's
Kingston-upon-Hull565
Leicester681
Programme Authorities£000's
Middlesborough
Nottingham
Bolton
Bradford
Leeds
North Tyneside
Oldham
Sheffield6,818
South Tyneside314
Sunderland2,267
Wirral
Wolverhampton3,616
Hammersmith and Fulham

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give further details of the new urban programme projects in Lambeth, Hackney and Tower Hamlets which he announced on 2 December, Official Report, c. 232, that he has approved, together with details of projects which cannot proceed because of the funds he has held back, for each of the authorities affected.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 December 1981, c. 326]: Further details of those projects which were affected by the hold-back of funds, and which can now proceed under the proposals announced by my right hon. Friend, will be given shortly.I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as these are available.