§ 41. Sir R. NEWMAN
asked the Minister of Health whether he can state the amount of rates raised by local authorities during the last financial year, the amount of the local debt, and the amount contributed by the Treasury towards the same?
§ Dr. ADDISON
Owing to delays caused by the War the latest financial year for which returns have been received from all the local authorities in England and Wales is 1916–17. In that year the total amount of rates raised was £72,900,000, the total amount of Government grants (including sums received out of the Local Taxation Account and the local taxation licence duties collected locally) was £22,800,000, and the total amount of the outstanding loan debt (deducting sums standing to the credit of sinking funds for the repayment of loans) was £513,300,000.