§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average local authority rate increase for 1981–82 compared with 1980–81 for each of the county councils of Wales and for Wales as a whole; and how this compares with the increase for Great Britain as a whole.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The average general poundage increases for Welsh authorities based upon data submitted on block grant claim forms are as follows:
Percentage increase in average general poundages between 1980–81 and 1981–82 Clwyd CC 19.4 Dyfed CC 9.8 Gwent CC 10.3 Gwynedd CC 15.3 Mid Glamorgan CC 21.4 Powys CC 14.8 South Glamorgan CC 8.3 West Glamorgan CC 17.3 All county councils (Wales) 13.9 All local authorities (Wales) 13.3
The comparable increase for Great Britain as a whole is approximately 21 per cent.