§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in what circumstances he plans to cap councils which over-spend; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Armstrong
[holding answer 26 March 1999]: My colleagues and I are currently considering the budgets and council taxes set by local authorities for 1999–2000. If we decide to designate any authorities they will be informed in April.