HC Deb 22 February 1980 vol 979 cc605-6W
38. Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by what criteria he will judge whether or not a council should receive a reduced percentage of rate support grant under the transitional provisions of the Local Government, Planning and Land (No. 2) Bill.

Mr. King

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lewisham-West (Mr. Price) on Wednesday, 30 January 1980.—[Vol. 977. c.689–90.]

67. Mr. Spriggs

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will ensure that in settling the rate support grant for local and county authorities full account is taken of the projected rate of inflation for the financial year in question.

Mr. King

I consider that the cash limit set for the 1980–81 increase order is reasonable in all the circumstances.

80. Mr. Palmer

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in fixing the rate support grant for 1980–81 for the city of Bristol, he will take into account the heavy extra financial responsibilities which the ratepayers bear in supporting the port of Bristol, and particularly the new deep water dock.

Mr. King

I know that the city of Bristol is concerned that the rate burden arising from its financial responsibilities to the port of Bristol may place the authority at the risk of a grant abatement under the transitional arrangements for 1980–81. The city has been informed that decisions have yet to be taken on the detailed operation of the transitional arrangements but that their concern has been noted.