§ 16. Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will bring forward measures to compensate local authorities for national pay awards above inflation through an appropriate contribution to the block grant; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Reid
The Scottish Executive have the responsibility for determining the level of support which it makes available to local authorities in Scotland. The total budget that is available to the Scottish Executive for this and other purposes is determined in accordance with the Statement of Funding Policy published by HM Treasury in March 1999.