§ Mr. Fry
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report for each highway authority the local road maintenance element of the rate support grant equated to the figure of £1,115 million given in the Department of Transport press notice No. 24 of 15 January and referred to in paragraph 59 of section 3.8 of Cmnd. 9702-II.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Rate support grant is paid in support of an authority's total expenditure and is not divisible between the different services it provides. One part of the calculation, the authority's grant related expenditure assessment is the sum of separate components for each service. These are calculated by applying a separate distribution formula to the total public expenditure provision for each service. The grant depends on an authority's actual total expenditure compared with its total GREA and the result of this calculation is incapable of disaggregation by service. The make-up of the GREs for each authority is set out in full in the "GRE Technical Handbook" issued in March each year. A copy is placed in the Library of the House.