§ Mr. Rifkind
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what provision has been made in the 1976–77 rate support grant for expenditure on community councils; and how much has been allowed for Scotland as a whole.
§ Mr. McElhone
Rate support grant is a general grant in support of local authorities' relevant expenditure as a whole and not of particular services. The total rate support grant for 1976–77 is £822.7 million. I have no estimate of the amount of expenditure likely to be incurred on community councils in 1976–77.