HC Deb 17 December 1981 vol 15 c190W
Mr. Kaufman

asked the Prime Minister whether, consequent on the reply by the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services to the question from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Ardwick, on 10 December, Official Report, c. 486, seeking revalorisation of the sum of £10,895 million given as rate support grant for 1981–82 to allow comparison on the same price basis with the £11,400 million announced for 1982–83, she will instruct Ministers not to decline to answer parliamentary questions which seek to obtain revalorisation of sums to allow comparison on a constant price basis.

The Prime Minister

It is for Ministers to decide in each case whether a comparison on a constant price basis is feasible or helpful as a measure of what the country can afford. The Government find it more realistic to plan their expenditure in cash.