§ Mr. Tony Banks
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his reasons for not having accepted the revised financial information provided by the London borough of Newham for the financial year 1982 to 1983; what differences his refusal has made on Newham's block grant entitlement; and what will be the effect on the council's 1984–85 and 1985–86 budget.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
My right hon. Friend does not consider that the revised financial return provided by the London borough of Newham gives the best information as to their outturn total expenditure for 1982–83. This revised return would reduce Newham's block grant entitlement in respect of 1982–83 by about £2½ million. What effect it would have on Newham's budget in 1984–85 and 1985–86 is a matter for the council.