§ Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what response he has made to the letter from the chief executive of Leicestershire county council to him dated 12 March regarding the level of capital allocations for other services in 1986–87; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Officials replied to the chief executive on 15 April. I have arranged for a copy of the reply to be sent to my hon. Friend. Other services block allocations to shire counties followed recommendations made by the Association of County Councils. It is not possible to increase allocations now because, in accordance with normal practice agreed with the local authority associations, available resources were allocated in full before the start of the year.