HC Deb 19 January 1994 vol 235 cc656-7W
23. Mr. Etherington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about local government finance since July.

Mr. Curry

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave today to the hon. Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle).

Mr. Betts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will calculate the total potential spending by all local authorities in England in 1993–94 if they all spent to the maximum of the capped levels, and the similar total potential spending for 1994–95 according to the provisional figures so far announced.

Mr. Baldry

The aggregates of the maximum budget requirements which could be calculated by English local authorities within the capping principles adopted for 1993–94 and the provisional capping criteria for 1994–95 which my right hon. Friend has announced are respectively:

£ billion
1993–94 36.790
11994–95 38.097
1 Provisional.

These figures exclude the receiver for the Metropolitan police district—which is not subject to designation for capping under the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992—local precepts, and appropriations from reserves.