§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment to what 102W extent, if any, the distribution of the rate support grant has been changed to restore the progressive loss that had taken place since 1974 from the shire counties in favour of London and the larger cities.
§ Mr. King
The proportions of the needs element of rate support grant payable to the non-metropolitan counties, the metropolitan districts and London in respect of 1974–75, 1979–80 and 1980–81 are as follows:
1974–75 1979–80 1980–81 Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Non-metropolitan counties 57.56 51.63 52.00 Metropolitan districts 24.87 26.33 26.41 London 17.57 22.04 21.59
For rate support grant as a whole, including the domestic element and the latest estimates of resources element, the proportions are:
1974–75 1979–80 1980–81 Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Non-metropolitan counties 60.06 57.20 57.30 Metropolitan districts 25.95 26.63 26.87 London 13.99 16.17 15.83