§ Mr. Marsden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, in view of the Goverment's reduction in local authority expenditure, if he will pay special regard to the Merseyside development area.
§ Mr. Graham Page
The distribution of the reduction in programme for 1974–75 will depend largely on new arrangements for distributing rate support grants and allocations for locally determined capital expenditure which are being considered with the local authorities associations. The importance of providing adequate resources for the development areas is being borne in mind.