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Grants (Hold-Back)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about his proposals for grant hold-back in 1983–84.

The proposed scheme of grant abatement was described in paragraph 35 of the Rate Support Grant Report (England) 1983–84 which was laid before the House on 16 December 1982. Since the publication of that report, questions have been raised by some local authorities on the interpretation of paragraph 35. To avoid any possible doubt, I have today laid before the House the 1983–84 RSG report with a revision of paragraph 35. The report is otherwise unchanged from the one published in December. The new report is being sent to all local authorities.