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Rates

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Prime Minister what comparisons have been made between the relative rateable value of comparable properties, small businesses and industries in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively; and if she will publish this information in the form of a table.

[pursuant to her reply, Tuesday 7 May 1985, c. 310]: I regret that comparable information for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland is not available centrally.

asked the Prime Minister what was the level of the rate support grant, including the per capita value for each year, from central Government to Scotland, England and Wales, for each of the last 10 years; what percentage this represented of total local government expenditure for each year; and if she will publish a table.

[pursuant to her reply, Tuesday 7 May 1985, c. 310]: The information is shown in the table.

England

Wales

Scotland

Rate Support Grant

Rate Support Grant

Rate Support Grant

£ million*

per capita £

per cent. of local govt. expen.

£ million*

per capita £

per cent. of local govt. expen.

£ million||

per capita£

per cent. of local govt. expen.

1982–839018·819341·4797·328460·01677·732557·9
1983–849067·119439·3814·529058·01744·233955·9
1984–858852·818937·2810·828955·81713·233353·4

Notes

*Needs/Resources/Domestic elements for the years 1975–76 to 1980–81 and Rate Support Grant for subsequent years.

† Grant as a percentage of 'relevant' Local Government Expenditure.
‡ The information is not available for England and Wales separately.
|| The information on rate Support Grants and Local government expenditure is taken from the RSG (Scotland) Orders and therefore reflects the Government's provision for expenditure in each year. The price bases adopted are those pertaining at the time of the RSG Settlement each year.
¶ The financial year 1975–76 covers a period of 10½ months.

The percentage for England and Wales combined are as follows:

England & Wales Grant as percentage of local Government expenditure

1975–7657·9
1976–7755·0
1977–7852·3
1978–7951·9
1979–8048·6
1980–8148·8

For the years 1975–76 to 1977–78 Revenue expenditure has been used to derive the percentages. For the years 1978–79 to 1980–81 Relevant expenditure has been used at November price levels.