§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his assessment of the appropriate level of service for Bournemouth borough council which has resulted in a 13.7 per cent. reduction in real terms of support grant between 1989–90 and 1990–91.
§ Mr. Key
The revenue support grant entitlement for Bournemouth borough council was calculated in accordance with the methodology set out in the revenue support grant distribution report approved by the House in January and applied equally to all authorities. Among other factors, the Bournemouth area now has to find a smaller share of the precept from Dorset county council than under the former system and this is reflected in the grant entitlement.