§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will review the funding allocated to Essex county council in the 1997–98 Revenue Support Grant in respect of care of the elderly. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The distribution of Revenue Support Grant for 1997–98 is now a closed matter, having been approved by Parliament in February as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement. Discussions with local government on the distribution of Revenue Support Grant for 1998–99 are currently in progress. The standard spending assessment for elderly residential social services is among the elements which we expect to examine this year.