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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he proposes to lay the Rate Limitation (Designation of Authorities) (Exemption) (Wales) Order relating to the totals of relevant expenditure included in the Welsh rate support grant reports for 1986–87 and 1987–88.

The passage of the Local Government Finance Act 1987 has clarified the definition of total and relevant expenditure and enables me to make these orders. I propose to lay the first order shortly. The second order will be laid as soon as practicable thereafter. No local authority in Wales is subject to rate limitation in either 1986–87 or 1987–88.