HC Deb 22 March 1977 vol 928 cc518-9W
Mr. Sainsbury

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of the needs elements settlement for 1977–78 in the 1976 Rate Support Grant Order is derived from the needs element allocation for 1976–77.

Mr. Guy Barnett

The effect of "damping" is that about one-third of the needs element grant for 1977–78 will be distributed in accordance with the formula produced for 1976 –77.