§ Mr. Sillars
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the social fund allocations for 1991–92 to each of his offices in Glasgow.
§ Miss Widdecombe
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Edmonton (Dr. Twinn) on 19 March,Official Report, column 68.180W
allocations of most authorities will, subject to any centrally funded service developments, be maintained at their current level, after allowing for inflation, until 1993–94; and only those shown to be more than 2 per cent. below their formula target level of funding will benefit from discretionary growth funding. From 1994–95 to 1998–99, I presently intend that district health authorities' allocations will be adjusted in equal steps, so that each authority will receive its formula share of funds by 1998–99. The need for a faster or slower pace of change than this will be reconsidered in 1993 when the 1993–94 allocations are announced. Factors that I will take into account will be the effects of revised population estimates and the extent to which equalisation will have been achieved as a result of the differential distribution of growth funding in 1992–93 and 1993–94.
On this basis and, I must stress, for planning purposes only, the percentage changes in discretionary funding that authorities might anticipate over the next 10 years are as follows: