§ Mr. Maples
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much total Government grant was(a) paid and (b) proposed to be paid to Stratford on Avon District Council in (i) cash and (ii) constant prices in each year between 1997–98 and 2003–04; and what the percentage increase in such grant in each of these years was at constant pricing. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The following table shows total formula grant which consists of redistributed business rates, revenue support grant and SSA reduction grant (SSA review) (where appropriate).
Over the period requested there have been many changes in the functions and funding of services to local government. To enable a like-for-like comparison between years, we calculate adjusted grants. The percentage change figures have been calculated on the basis of these like-for-like comparisons.
Until the introduction of Central Support Protection Grant in 1999–2000, there was no need to calculate grant on a like-for-like basis, and for this reason grant comparisons in the years 1997–98 and 1998–99 are not available. There were no changes in funding and function between 1998–99 and 1999–2000 that needed reflecting in adjusted grants for 1998–99 to allow a like-for-like comparison; the actual 1998–99 values have therefore been used in this case.
Year Formula grant (£ million) Formula grant at 2003–04 Prices (£ million) Percentage increase in formula grant at 2003–04 prices 1997–98 5.635 6.507 Not available 1998–99 5.167 5.807 Not available 1999–2000 5.516 6.053 6.2 Adjusted 1999–2000 5.516 6.053 2000–01 5.979 6.415 6.0 Adjusted 2000–01 6.016 6.454 2001–02 6.009 6.298 -2.4 Adjusted 2001–02 5.866 6.148 2002–03 6.157 6.295 2.4 Adjusted 2002–03 5.968 6.102 2003–04 6.164 6.164 1.0