HC Deb 29 June 1950 vol 476 cc2432-3
16. Mr. Bevins

asked the Minister of Health the rateable value per head of population in Liverpool and Birmingham, respectively, for the purpose of equalisation grants; and the amount of such grants paid to those local authorities.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

The average rateable values per head of weighted population as defined in Section 3 (2) of the Local Government Act, 1948, are, as provisionally calculated, Liverpool £6.45, Birmingham £5.37. The amount of grant provisionally calculated to be payable to Birmingham in respect of the current financial year is £952,481. Since the rateable value of Liverpool is in excess of the standard rateable value as defined in Section 2 of the Act, no Exchequer equalisation grant is payable.

Mr. Bevins

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the average rateable value is often a very false measure of need? Will he consider representations in special cases such as Liverpool?

Mr. Bevan

The average rateable value is the average weighted rateable value.