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Food Safety Bill

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional funds his Department is to earmark for local authority implementation of the Food Safety Bill, and additional local authority current costs as a result of the Bill; and if he will make a statement.

In the annual round of consultations leading to the 1991–92 local authority revenue settlement, the local authority associations have assessed the costs necessary to implement the food Bill in that year at £1.35 million. This will be taken into account in determining the revenue support grant 1991–92. I expect that Government support for implementation of this Bill will be via unhypothecated grant, which will give councils the flexibility to direct resources in the light of local circumstances and priorities.