§ 70. Mr. Brewis
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent expenditure by local authorities on subsidising his services will be taken into account when assessing their general grant from central Government funds; and whether he will make an estimate of the percentage of such subsidies which will on the ratepayers.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
If my hon. Friend is referring to the subsidies local authorities may give in support of rural bus services under Section 34 of the Transport Act, 1968, the whole of such authorities' expenditure is reckonable for rate support grant. Broadly, therefore, only 34 per cent. of the expenditure falls to be borne by the ratepayers.