HC Deb 27 February 1963 vol 672 cc183-4W
Sir Richard Glyn

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how much of the increase in the Dorset county rate poundage for 1963 is due to the effect of the recent re-valuation of property in Dorset, or to other causes not due to increased expenditure by Dorset County; and what proportion of the total increase is represented by the increase due to the causes above mentioned, as opposed to the county's increased expenditure.

Sir K. Joseph

I understand that the county rate for 1963–64 is 7s. 9d. in the £ as compared with 18s. 8d. for 1962–63 and that the council estimate that the additional amount required in rates is equivalent to an increase of 2s. 5d. in the £ on 1962–63 values. The best estimate I can make is that about 8d. of this increase, or 28 per cent. is attributable to reductions in the county's percentage of rate-deficiency grant and share of general grants as a result of revaluation.