§ Virginia Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the new grant formula that will replace SSA will (a) be improved and (b) address the needs of all classes of authority; 
(2) what steps he will take to reduce disparity in total external support to local authorities. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
We are working to develop options for fairer and more intelligible grant distribution formulae. We will consult on options over the summer and will consider the responses when we come to take decisions.