§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it is his policy to adjust the rate support grant 1986–87 to take account of the costs incurred by district councils in dealing with the hippy convoys and encampments; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Rate support grant is unhypothecated grant paid to support local authority expenditure in general. I do not think that it would be appropriate to adjust RSG in 1986–87 to take account of these costs.