HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 cc606-7W
Mr. Lester

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, for each of the metropolitan county areas, what percentage of present metropolitan county counil expenditure would, under the proposals contained in Cmnd. 9063 (a) be controlled by joint boards, (b) be controlled by joint committees, (c) require some other form of explicit co-operation between the metropolitan districts and (d) require no significant degree of cooperation between the metropolitan districts.

Mr. Waldegrave

The percentage of rate fund net revenue expenditure in each of the metropolitan counties which would, under the proposals contained in Cmnd. 9063, be controlled by joint boards is shown in the table. It will be for the metropolitan districts to develop suitable arrangements for the other services for which they will assume responsibility, and I am therefore unable to supply figures for the other categories requested.

Percentage of expenditure to be controlled by joint boards
Greater Manchester 62.5
Merseyside 67.0
South Yorkshire 62.8
Tyne and Wear 47.2
West Midlands 55.3
West Yorkshire 61.8


1. Source: local authorities' 1983–84 budgets.

2. Expenditure to be controlled by joint boards taken to be expenditure on police and fire services and rate fund contribution to passenger transport.

3. Rate fund contribution to airports (also proposed to be controlled by joint board), not available from local authority budget returns.