§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to extend the Land Compensation Act 1973 to include works undertaken by nationalised industries.
§ Mr. Tracey
Part I of the Land Compensation Act 1973 creates an entitlement to compensation where the value of land is depreciated by the use of new public works and no other legal remedy is available. These provisions already apply to works undertaken by nationalised industries, and I am not aware of any problem requiring amending legislation.
Percentage of rate fund revenue expenditure 1981–82 per cent. 1982–83 per cent. 1983–84 per cent. 1984–85 per cent. 1985–86 per cent. Aggregate Exchequer grant plus non-relevant grants 56.0 52.7 51.7 50.6 47.6 Rates rebates (see notes) 1.6 2.3 4.5 5.0 5.3 Rates (excluding rebates) (see notes) 43.5 45.3 42.8 44.4 46.5 Notes: 1. Expenditure is net of sales, fees and charges. 2. Non-relevant grants include mandatory student awards and housing benefit. 3. The figures do not sum exactly to 100 per cent. because of net drawings or additions to balances. 4. Rates rebates figures include grant paid in respect of certificated rate rebates to supplementary benefit recipients. Prior to the partial introduction of Housing Benefit in November 1982 and its full implementation from April 1983 such sums were included with rates (net of rebates).
§ Mr. Baldry
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which local authorities in England received more in real terms in their rate support grant settlement for 1986 as compared with 1985.