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Local Authorities (Expenditure)

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many consents under section 7 of the Local Government (Interim Provisions) Act 1984 have been refused by his Department.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish, for each year from 1981–82 to 1985–86, total net provision, cash limit, for local authority capital expenditure in England, total capital allocations, and total gross capital provision; if he will publish outturn or estimated outturn figures against each of these heads; and if he will analyse the figures by service area.


Personal social services




Other services

Total DOE/LA1


Net capital provision2751081,0287952462,453
Capital allocation3011161,8528053723,447
Gross capital provision3401262,4938656144,438


Net capital provision256717296152401,911
Capital allocation315701,6006403202,945
Gross capital provision326862,3246856104,031

* In 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84 urban programme provision and allocation are included in the other services block but expenditure is included under the relevant service blocks. The urban programme allocations in the three years were £83 million, £174 million and £179 million respectively.

† Including the capital value of leased assets.
‡ The figures for 1984–85 and 1985–86 exclude local authority capital expenditure on urban programme and derelict land, which is now included in the DOE/UA1 cash limit and for which provision in 1984–85 and 1985–86 is £296 million and £279 million respectively. The outturn information for 1984–85 is available for the first three quarters only.
║ Allocation in 1985–86 will be increased by 5 per cent. across all service blocks for authorities complying with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's request for restraint in 1984–85.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish, for each year from 1981–82 to 1985–86, the estimates of total local authority capital receipts underlying public expenditure provision for local authority capital expenditure in England, and actual or estimated receipts in each year; if he will show

Local Authority Capital Receipts: England
£ million
Estimates of Capital Receipts underlying public expenditure provisionCapital Receipts Outturn*
TotalPrescribed proportionNon-prescribed proportionTotalPrescribed proportionNon-prescribed proportion
Personal Social Services†22028280
Other services585803123120
Personal Social Services†22031310
Other services585803643640
Personal Social Services†126635n/an/a
Other services368184184393n/an/a
Personal Social Services†1899
Other services368184184
Personal Social Services†154·510·5
Other services370111259

separately the prescribed and non-prescribed proportions of receipts; and if he will give separate figures for each service area.

* All receipts counted against the DOE/LA1 cash limit.

† Payments from district health authorities used to finance prescribed expenditure are included in capital receipts outturn but excluded from estimated capital receipts underlying public expenditure provision.

‡ For 1983–84 the prescribed and non-prescribed proportion of receipts outturn cannot be indentified by service.

║ Outturn information for 1984–85 is available for the first three quarters only.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will detail the information that he collects from local authorities about their capital expenditure and capital receipts.

The main information which the Department of Environment collects from local authorities about their total capital expenditure and receipts is provided on the following forms, specimen copies of which I have today placed in the Library.

Capital Estimates and Commitments Return (CECR)

This is an annual return which provides forecasts at the start of the year of capital commitments, payments and receipts in the year ahead.

Capital Payments Returns (CPR)

These are quarterly forms which provide summary outturn information on capital payments and receipts by service. They also collect information on capital allocations, prescribed expenditure and the prescribed proportion of in-year capital receipts.

Capital Outturn (CO) Forms

There are annual forms which provide detailed outturn information on capital expenditure and income for each service.