HC Deb 12 March 1982 vol 19 cc504-5W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the local authorities which he deemed to have incurred excessive and unreasonable expenditure in 1981–82.

Mr. Younger

Information about expenditure incurred by authorities in 1981–82, as distinct from planned expenditure, is not yet available. After examining their budgets and considering representations, I was satisfied that Lothian regional council and Dumbarton, Dundee, East Lothian, Renfrew and Stirling district councils had planned for excessive and unreasonable expenditure; reductions in planned expenditure were made by all six authorities after I initiated action under the powers afforded by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1981.

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