§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the accumulated reduction in rate support grant since 1978–79 in Wales at 1987–88 prices on a basis comparable with the information supplied by the Secretary of State for the Environment in response to a question from the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) in relation to rate support grant in England, 29 June, Official Report, column 43.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
The reduction in rate support grant since 1978–79 in Wales at 1987–88 prices is £104.1 million on a basis comparable with the information supplied for England.
The following table gives a breakdown of the figures:
Reduction between £ million 1978–79 and 1979–80 14.5 1978–79 and 1980–81 23.8 1978–79 and 1981–82 45.4 1978–79 and 1982–83 47.3 1978–79 and 1983–84 72.8 1978–79 and 1984–85 108.9 1978–79 and 1985–86 140.3 1978–79 and 1986–87 119.4 1978–79 and 1987–88 104.1
(i) For 1978–79 to 1980–81 rate support grant comprised needs, resources and domestic elements.
(ii) From 1981–82 rate support grant comprises block grant arid domestic rate relief grant.
(iii) Rate support grant figures are final for 1981–82 to 1983–84. Block grant entitlements are based on outturn expenditure for 1984–85, revised estimates of expenditure for 1985–86 and 1986–87 and budgets for 1987–88. The total domestic rate relief grant is final for all years.
(iv)Figures are expressed in 1987–88 prices using the GDP deflator.