HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 cc280-2W
Mr. John Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he can now say how he proposes to deal with the issue raised by the London borough of Bromley regarding the level of grant payment for the upkeep of the highways to be transferred from the Greater London council to Bromley after abolition.

Mr. Waldegrave

I intend to deal with this matter in the first supplementary report for 1986–87 later this year. I intend then(a) to redetermine settlement multipliers for London boroughs to allow for the revised disaggregation of highway maintenance expenditure based on inherited road lengths and road usage; and(b) to redetermine multipliers to limit the grant losses faced by ratepayers arising from this change to the equivalent of a 2p rate. This is a temporary arrangement and will be removed in a subsequent supplementary report for 1986–87.

These changes will mean that Bromley will receive the proper amount of grant for taking over responsibility for highway maintenance in Bromley from the GLC.

Details of the redetermined multipliers, before the application of the limit on grant losses, are shown in the table. I am consulting the local authority associations about the basis for calculating the safety net.

Revised Multipliers: London
Revised multiplier No limit on losses
Greater London
City of London 0.707000
Camden 0.707000
Greenwich 0.541808
Hackney 0.567019
Hammersmith and Fulham 0.710590

Revised multiplier No limit on losses
Islington 0.556172
Kensington and Chelsea 0.781920
Lambeth 0.561957
Lewisham 0.629303
Southwark 0.548738
Tower Hamlets 0.376481
Wandsworth 0.740898
Westminster 0.707000
Barking and Dagenham 0.795599
Barnet 0.778298
Bexley 0.796815
Brent 0.824677
Bromley 0.759661
Croydon 0.838416
Ealing 0.836716
Enfield 0.787557
Haringey 0.740096

Revised multiplier No limit on losses
Harrow 0.802436
Havering 0.801062
Hillingdon 0.781005
Hounslow 0.787482
Kingston-upon-Thames 0.780031
Merton 0.787337
Newham 0.853127
Redbridge 0.784438
Richmond-upon-Thames 0.784701
Sutton 0.803795
Waltham Forest 0.728424
ILEA 0.707000
London Fire and CD authority 0.749415
Metropolitan police 0.767730