HC Deb 06 November 1947 vol 443 cc250-1W
105. Mr. Walker-Smith

asked the Minister of Health whether he will publish as early as possible before the Second Reading of the Local Government Bill a White Paper setting out the following data in respect of each rating authority and county in Great Britain in respect of the financial year 1946–47: unweighted and weighted population, average rateable value per head of weighted population, total expenditure with and without account taken of the saving on transferred services, amount of general exchequer contribution actually received, amount of the equalisation and transitional grant which would have been received under the Bill, rate poundage actually charged, and rate poundage which would have been charged if, instead of the general Exchequer contribution, the equalisation and transitional grants had been received.

Mr. Bevan

Appropriate estimates have been made in relation to county boroughs, and to counties as a whole, of the effect on rates levied in 1946–47 if in that year the proposed transfers of services and the proposed new system of grants had been in operation. These estimates include estimates under the various heads referred to by the hon. Member, and I am prepared to publish them as a White Paper. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland proposes to publish a statement giving the corresponding figures for Scotland.