HC Deb 13 March 1995 vol 256 cc419-21W
Mr. Gill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in rank order the amount of cash reserves held by each of the county councils.

Mr. Robert B. Jones

The latest available estimates of the level of reserves as at 1 April 1994 are as follows. The authorities are ranked by order of reserves excluding those held by schools, non-LMS; schools' reserves are shown separately, LMS. The first column, non-LMS reserves, includes funds, which may be substantial, held for specified purposes which may not be available to the council for general use, for example funds to finance capital projects to which the authority is committed; and insurance funds where the authority is bearing its own


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  1. (i) Polytechnics and higher education institutions were transferred from the local authority sector in April 1989.
  2. (ii) Further education institutions became the responsibility of the Further Education Funding Council in April 1993.
Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the annual expenditure of Hampshire county council each year since 1979 expressed in cash terms, real terms and as a real term percentage increase or decrease on 1979 and on the previous year.

Mr. Robert B. Jones

The available information is as follows. There were two changes in the system of financing authorities in the period covered by the figures in the table, along with a number of changes in local authority responsibilities. In particular, in April 1989 responsibility for polytechnics was taken out of local authority control, and in April 1993 responsibility for further education was transferred to the Further Education Funding Council. Net revenue expenditure increased in 1994–95 through expenditure financed by the care in the community special grant. For these reasons it is not always valid to make comparisons either between financial systems, or between years within a financial system.

insurance risks. These estimates are subject to amendment as authorities finalise their accounts. Compatible data on the use of balances in 1994–95 which would be needed to derive an estimate of the level of reserves at 1 April 1995 is not yet available.

Estimated level of reserves at 1 April 1994
County Councils Non-LMS £000 LMS £000
Nottingham –1,492 14,965
Shropshire –557 7,789
Isle of Wight 2,258 1,516
Leicestershire 2,540 14,305
Northamptonshire 2,629 10,191
Dorset 3,510 6691

Estimated level of reserves at 1 April 1994
County Councils Non-LMS£000 LMS£000
Derbyshire 6,732 13,078
Bedfordshire 7,114 15,674
Cumbria 7,822 3,514
Warwickshire 8,576 7,015
Hereford and Worcester 10,305 14,112
West Sussex 12,070 4,748
Gloucestershire 12,252 7,041
Durham 12,549 7,810
Oxfordshire 13,162 12,395
Cleveland 13,474 9,239
Northumberland 14,573 3,666
Suffolk 14,982 13,120
Avon 16,205 11,403
Wiltshire 17,260 6.697
Humberside 23,735 8.701
Cornwall 24,354 7,371
North Yorkshire 24,776 11,828
Norfolk 24,791 9,059
East Sussex 29,181 5,829
Somerset 30,901 5,575
Cheshire 30,979 17,584
Lincolnshire 32,774 13,876
Hertfordshire 32,881 23,522
Kent 35,234 12,513
Staffordshire 38,073 10,351
Buckinghamshire 38,981 8,609
Lancashire 39,138 32,976
Berkshire 39,574 43,883
Devon 41,419 10,439
Cambridgeshire 48,602 7,930
Essex 49,465 25,039
Hampshire 67,407 25,310
Surrey 69,410 5,545


Level of reserves (outturn) at 1/4/93 appropriations to/withdrawals from reserves 1993–94 (RS returns for 1993–94).