HC Deb 08 July 1965 vol 715 cc321-2W
Mr. Temple

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of local authority temporary borrowing in England and Wales at the latest convenient date.

Mr. MacDermot

Rather more than £1,600 million, estimated at 31st March, 1965.

Mr. Temple

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many counties, boroughs including county boroughs and district councils in England and Wales at 31st March, 1965, or the nearest convenient date, the short-term borrowing exceeded 20 per cent. of each authority's total borrowing; and if he will give an estimate, by the above classes of authority, of the total excess involved in each instance.

Mr. MacDermot

The figures at 31st March, 1964, the latest date for which we have figures of temporary borrowing analysed by classes of local authority, were as follows:

Number of authorities Amount of excess temporary debt
County Councils 21 20
Borough Councils (including County Boroughs) 172 218
District Councils 253 73
Total 446 311