§ Mr. Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the amount of rate support grant for (a) Gloucestershire county council and (b) Cheltenham borough council in (i) 1984–85, (ii) 1985–86 and (iii) 1986–87, showing for 1986–87 what it was (y) before and (z) after the grant recycling.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
I refer the hon. Member to my reply given on 14 April 1986, at column308, about Gloucestershire county council's block grant entitlement in 1985–86 and 1986–87. The council's latest entitlement for 1984–85 is £71.041 million under the third supplementary report. For Cheltenham borough council the figure (i) for 1984–85 is £1.920 million, (ii) for 1985–86 is £1.882 million under the second supplementary report, and (iii) for 1986–87 is £2.456 million under the "Rate Support Grant Report (England) 1986".
As my right hon. Friend announced on 7 May, the total estimated grant underclaim is now about £628 million. This would be distributed to local authorities at the first supplementary report; on this basis Cheltenham's grant entitlement would increase by £220,000 and Gloucestershire's by £6.027 million. In the meantime, all the money is being paid to authorities as a single percentage enhancement of their grant entitlement.