§ Mr. McElhone
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount of rate support grants allocated for social work in 1970 and 1971; and what are the estimated totals for 1972 and 1973.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
Rate support grants are not allocated to particular services. Local authority current expenditure on social work services was approximately £18½ million in 1969–70 and £22 million in 1970–71 and the latest forecasts made for rate support grant purposes in the current period were £26,180,000 for 1971–72 and £27,820,000 for 1972–73.