§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what are(a) the average cost per person of Government provision towards local government services and (b) individual community charges in each district in Devon in 1991–92;
(2) what is the support per person given by central Government to (a) Lambeth and (b) North Devon; and what is the community charge of each for the year 1991–92.
§ Mr. Key
The available information is given in the table. If Parliament enacts the Community Charges (General Reduction) Bill, new average community charges will be £140 lower, with a consequent increase in central Government support.
Total external support1 Average community charge 1991–92 1991–92 £/head £/head East Devon 456 383 Exeter 491 377 Mid Devon 472 394 North Devon 479 2— Plymouth 510 380 South Hams 465 380 Teignbridge 466 405 Torbay 475 380 Torridge 514 346 West Devon 468 370 Lambeth 1,557 590 1 Total external support includes revenue support grant, receipts from the non-domestic rates pool, area protection grant and Inner
London education grant. Information on other central Government support (specific grants, community charge reduction scheme, and community charge benefits) will not be available until authorities send in their detailed budget returns to the Department.
2 Not available.