§ 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 505W 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.