§ Sir RYLAND ADKINS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the total amount of money to be received by local authorities under the Budget during the current year, ending 31st March, 1915, in respect of routine services, such as police, roads, and those parts of educational duties which are compulsory or enjoyed by Statute, and excluding Grants in respect of new developments in the action of local authorities; how much such amount to be received exceeds the amount which would have been received in assigned revenue and Treasury Grants under the law in operation at present; and how much the proportion of this amount of money to be received in rural England under the Budget in the current year exceeds the amount derived from assigned Revenue and Exchequer Grants, together with the amount received under the Agricultural Rating Act if that Act does not operate throughout the current year?
§ Mr. HERBERT LEWIS
In answer to the first two parts of the question, reference can only be made to the figures given in the White Paper explaining the proposals made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Financial Statement. In answer to the third part of the question, I would refer to the answer which my right hon. Friend the President of the Local Government Board gave on the 6th instant to the hon. Member for the Eastern Division of Nottingham.1298W
§ Mr. CECIL HARMSWORTH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state approximately the relief to rates in the county of Bedford under the Budget proposals?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on the 6th instant to the hon. Member for the Eastern Division of Nottingham.
§ Mr. EDWARD WOOD
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated effect of the proposed financial readjustment upon the Grants receivable by the West and East Ridings of Yorkshire, and the anticipated effect upon the general level of rates at present existing in each case?
§ Mr. HERBERT LEWIS
I can only refer to the answer which my right hon Friend the President of the Local Government Board gave on the 6th instant to the hon. Member for the Eastern Division of Nottingham.