§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the actual or estimated cost of rate rebates in England and Wales in the financial years 1977–78 and 1978–79.
§ Mr. Guy Barnett
The total value of rate rebates granted by local authorities in 1977–78 in England and Wales was about £140 million. This figure includes additional amounts of rebate granted under locally adopted variations to the statutory rate rebate scheme. A specific exchequer grant meets 90 per cent. of the cost of those rebates granted under the statutory rate rebate scheme.
I estimate that the equivalent figure for 1978–79 will be between £150 million and £155 million.