Rate Support Grant

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1982.

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Photo of Mr Michael Heseltine Mr Michael Heseltine Secretary of State for Environment 12:00 am, 17th February 1982

The Government, at the beginning of their period in office, stated the level of public expenditure that they expected. Therefore, it has been possible for local authorities to plan the reductions in services and expenditure that were necessary. However, it is not possible—I do not want to give the impression that it is—for the Government to reach decisions about the rate support grant until they have conducted their detailed public expenditure review every year. That must be relatively late in the day.