HC Deb 22 January 1963 vol 670 c6W
8. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs in how many cases since the passing of the Local Government Act, 1958, he has disallowed excess expenditure under Section 6; and for what classes of expenditure have the disallowances been made.

Mr. Corfield

None so far. Grant calculated on provisional figures is paid without disallowance. Only when audited figures are available can any excess expenditure be finally assessed and a decision taken under Section 6 about the payment of grant in respect of it. That time is now approaching for the year 1959–60 and my right hon. Friend is considering in the light of representations from local authorities affected whether there are special circumstances in which grant ought to be paid on some or all of their excess expenditure. In the great majority of oases it seems probable that grant will be warranted.

Meanwhile provisional figures for 1960–61 and 1961–62 have been notified to those authorities who on present information appear to have incurred excess expenditure so that they may have some indication of the size of the excess. Expenditure estimates for 1962–63 are not yet sufficiently reliable in general to justify the making of a first estimate of excess expenditure for that year.