HC Deb 27 March 1991 vol 188 cc457-8W
36. Mr. Dykes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will examine the scope for additional departmental assistance to outer London boroughs incurring unavoidable additional expenditure outlays from additional statutory burdens since 1987.

Mr. Portillo

New responsibilities falling to local authorities are taken into account in the annual local authority finance settlement and are reflected in standard spending assessments for individual authorities.

For 1991–92 total standard spending assessments for outer London boroughs will increase by 21.5 per cent. and total external support by an estimated 36 per cent. including an estimated 20 per cent. in respect of the new community charge grant announced by my right hon. Friend on 19 March.