HC Deb 05 July 1938 vol 338 cc164-5
14. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the amount of the general Exchequer grant per head of weighted population paid to local authorities in Scotland in the last financial year?

Mr. Colville

The amount per head of weighted population of that portion of the block grant which is at present allocated amongst Scottish local authorities on that basis is approximately 5s. If the whole of the block grant had been distributed on the basis of weighted population the amount per head of weighted population would have been 8s. 2d.

Mr. Thorne

Are children under five years of age included in the weighted population?

Mr. Colville

I should require notice if the hon. Gentleman wishes to have the formula upon which the calculations are based.

Mr. Davidson

Is the amount allocated per head more or less than that allocated per head in England?

Mr. Colville

The two figures are not quite comparable, because the incidence of derating differs in the two countries.