§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales by what amount in cash and percentage terms the rate support grant in Wales has been cut since 1979.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Until 1981–82 rate support grants were dealt with on an England and Wales basis and separate figures for Wales for these years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Since 1981–82 the rate support grant for Wales has been progressively increased as shown in the table.
Aggregate Exchequer Grant Increase on previous year Year £ million £million Percentage 1981–82 871.1* — — 1982–83 933.2† 62.1 7.1 1983–84 962.4‡ 29.2 3.1 1984–85 996.0║ 33.6 3.5 * The Welsh Rate Support Grant Supplementary (No. 3) Report 1981–82. †The Welsh Rate Support Grant Report 1982 (Supplementary) Report 1982. ‡The Welsh Rate Support Grant Supplementary Report 1983–84. ║Secretary of State for Wales' statement in the House, 20 December 1983.