HC Deb 24 February 1977 vol 926 cc703-4W
Mr. Stanley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much was spent per head by local authorities in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Guy Barnett

The latest estimates based on outturn information relate to 1975–76 and are as follows:

£ million
1. Net revenue expenditure charged to the rate fund 10,144.4
2. Capital expenditure (net of sales
a. on rate fund services 2,096.4
b. on housing to which the housing revenue account relates1,860.9
c. on trading services and corporation estates 110.1

Source: Local Government Financial Statistics 1975–76 (to be published later this year).

The figures, which are still provisional, correspond in definition to the following headings in the previous publication (in respect of 1973–74).

Net revenue expenditure Charged to the rate fund. Table 4.0, row 21, columns (7) plus (11).

Capital expenditure On rate fund services. Table 5.0, row 18, column (8) less columns (12) and (13). On housing. Table 7.0, column (8) less columns (12) and (13). On trading services, etc. Table 9.0, row (14), column (8) less columns (12) and (13).

Mr. John H. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in the light of such action as that of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive in paying staff £100 per head to move from one office to another a few hundred yards away without involving a change of residence, he will further instruct local authorities on cutting down expenditure.

Mr. Shore

I will answer this question shortly.