§ Sir C. Taylor
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how much the County Borough of Eastbourne will receive as a result of the Rating (Interim Relief) Act in the current year.
§ Sir K. Joseph
I cannot estimate how much any local authority will receive in total as a result of the Bill because this will depend in part on the use which they make of their powers to remit rates on grounds of hardship.
The Bill applies to 1964–65 and subsequent years and I estimate the grant payable to the Council under Clause 1 of the Bill for 1964–65 at £44,000. This figure is subject to revision in the light of later information. It is intended to pay 95 per cent. of the revised estimate of grant for 1964–65 during that year.