§ Mr. Bright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he has chosen to revise the other services block capital expenditure allocations to shire district councils for 1986–87.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Before determining the allocations for the Other Services block, my right hon. Friend invites recommendations from the local authority associations. As for previous years, his initial allocations for 1986–87 were in line with their recommendations. It has subsequently been drawn to his attention that the allocations for some shire district councils fell short of an earlier assurance that each authority would receive at least 70 per cent. of its allocation for 1984–85. The Secretary of State has accordingly revised the allocations to shire districts in such a way as to fulfil the assurance.