§ Mr. Henderson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list(a) basic credit approvals, (b) supplementary credit approvals and (c) capital grants for housing, transport, education, personal social services, other services, protective services and urban programmes for each authority and for England for each year from 1990–91 to 1994–95.
§ Mr. Baldry
Basic credit approvals, supplementary credit approvals and capital grants are issued by a number of Government Departments. The total amounts of credit approvals and capital grants for the various services for local authorities in England are published annually by HM Treasury at the conclusion of each public expenditure survey. Outturn information for the years 1990–91 to 1993–94 and the latest plans for 1994–95 will be published at the end of this month in the public expenditure statistical supplement to the "Financial Statement and Budget Report 1994–95".
My Department issues basic credit approvals to most local authorities in England and those for 1990–91 to 1994–95 are set out in documents which are available in the Library of the House of Commons. In addition, the Department of Transport issues basic credit approvals to passenger transport authorities and the Home Office to joint fire and civil defence authorities.
Information about the supplementary credit approvals issued by my Department to individual authorities for the years 1990–91, 1991–92 and 1992–93 is also available in the Library.
Information for individual authorities about supplementary credit approvals issued by other Departments and about capital grants is not held centrally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.
§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the allocation within Liverpool's standard spending assessment, on a per capita basis, for970W children at risk, during the next financial year; what is the allocation for the City of Birmingham; on what basis this formula operates; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
[holding answer 16 February 1994]: The children's personal social service element for 1994–95 for Liverpool is £55 per head of resident population, that for Birmingham is £62. The formula uses a "client-group" approach where the client group is the estimated number of children at risk. Cost adjustments are made to reflect the increased costs associated with social conditions and differences in the costs of provision between areas. The formula for the children's PSS element, along with the formulae for other SSA elements, has been revised in the light of the SSA review. It is set out fully in the local government finance report, approved by the House on 3 February.