§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of the problems confronting the London Borough of Newham, including immigration, lack of schooling and school places, teachers, welfare services and housing; and as the local council needs an increase of at least 12 per cent. in its rate income to maintain its present services, whether he will provide a special grant to assist the borough.
§ Mr. Channon
The Government provide financial support to local authority services through the rate support grant. Additional grants are already made to Newham towards extra expenditure in respect of immigrant population and in respect of other social needs.