HC Deb 18 November 1971 vol 826 c172W
26. Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will give consideration to extending the application of the rate support grant to those local education authorities which provide transport for school children for distances less than the statutory requirements.

Mrs. Thatcher

Rate support grant is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment but I understand that all local authority expenditure on school transport enters into the forecast of relevant expenditure on which the total grant is based. An individual authority's share of the grant is not affected by how much it spends on school transport and the distribution formula cannot be changed during a grant period.