§ 69. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Minister of Health whether be can state the poundage rate levied in each of the administrative counties and county boroughs of Wales, including Monmouthshire, for roads and bridges expenditure in the last financial year; what proportion this rate bears to the total rates levied for all purposes; and whether he will give comparative average figures on similar lines for England and Wales?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)
As the answer contains a number of figures in tabular form, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the Official Report.
§ Following is the answer:
§ The following statement shows (i) for each administrative county and county borough in Wales and Monmouthshire, (ii) for all the administrative counties, excluding London, in England and Wales, and (iii) for all the county boroughs in England and Wales (a) the revenue expenditure (expressed in terms of a rate in the £) on highways and bridges in respect of the year 1936–37, the latest year for which complete in-
|—||Revenue Expenditure on Highways and Bridges in respect of the year 1936–37 falling to be met out of rates and the block grants.|
|Equivalent rate in the £.||Percentage to revenue expenditure for the year 1936–37 on all rate fund services falling to be met out of rates and the block grants.|
|Administrative County of—||s.||d.||Per cent.|
|County Borough of—|
|All Administrative Counties (except London) in England and Wales.||3||6||21.9|
|All County Boroughs in England and Wales.||2||2½||13.1|
|NOTE. —In 1936 –37 the total amount of block grants received by local authorities in Wales represented approximately 31 per cent. of the total income derived by them from those grants and from rates. The corresponding percentage for all local authorities in England and Wales in that year was about 21.|