HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 cc330-1W
39. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much grant was lost at current prices by the partnership programme and designated districts as a result of rate support grant holdback in 1981–82 and 1982–83; and what is his estimate for 1983–84.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Liability to grant holdback results from authorities' own decisions to exceed the Government's expenditure guidance. It will be determined ultimately by authorities' outturn expenditure for each of the years mentioned. Some £64.4 million of grant is currently being held back from partnership, programme and designated district councils in respect of 1981–82, and £89.1 million in respect of 1982–83. No firm estimate of 1983–84 holdback can be made until the detailed information from authorities' budgets returns is available.