HC Deb 13 February 1986 vol 91 c511W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has any plans to increase rate support grant for police authorities in the coming financial year.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Following my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary's decision to increase the rate of police specific grant to 51 per cent., I have decided to increase block grant for Welsh authorities by £1 million for 1986–87. Aggregate Exchequer grant in Wales will then increase by about £2.5 million. This recognises the priority which the Government give to improving the policing of our country. All police authorities in Wales will gain grant, as shown in the following table, and no district authority will lose grant. Ratepayers throughout Wales will therefore benefit from the increase in grant.

Effects of increasing police specific grants
Authority Increase in specific grant Increase in block grant Total
Clwyd 176 183 359
Dyfed 145 57 202
Gwent 211 203 414
Gwynedd 108 56 164
Mid Glamorgan 290 115 405
Powys 48 27 75
South Glamorgan 214 185 399
West Glamorgan 196 174 370

Note: The figures assume gross spending remains at the level assumed for the 1986–87 settlement, that is, that the increase in specific grant is accompanied by a reduction in expenditure for block grant purposes. Total block grant is assumed to rise by £1 million.

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